I had been invited to attend a work party meeting of the Friends of Larkswood, who do some conservation work in Larkswood, an area of woodland in Chingford. The aim of todays task was to improve the habitat around one of the woodland clearings for invertebrates, and while this was going on we were going to try some invertebrate sampling to see what sort of species were already present, and show those involved with the work party some of the wildlife that was 'hiding in the undergrowth'.
We found a good variety of species present, with some of the more noticeable including Roesel's Bush Crickets, Speckled Bush Crickets, Field Grasshoppers, and Forest Shieldbugs.
Roesel's Bush Cricket (top) and Speckled Bush Cricket, both females as shown by the long ovipositors - photos taken with a camera phone!
The difference made by the work party was clear to see as well, despite them only working for a relatively short period of time, and they, and anyone else involved with practical conservation work in their local area, should be congratulated for taking the time to get involved.