Capital Grasshopper

From Wild London, Summer 1999

The discovery of a species of grasshopper new to the London area helps to challenge the myth that brownfield sites have little ecological value. The stripe-winged grasshopper (Stenobothrus lineatus) is a chalk and heathland species with a particularly distinctive song (somewhat like a siren in that the pitch rises and falls). Recently found at both Camley Street Natural Park, one of the Wildlife Trust's flagship reserves and a former lorry park, and Adelaide Nature Reserve, a railway embankment in Camden, this grasshopper's presence is a reminder that the fauna from such places should not be regarded as only composed of common species.

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