Computational Modelling Group

New Forest Cicada Project

1st February 2012
31st July 2015
Research Team
Davide Zilli, Oliver Parson
Alexander Rogers, Geoff Merrett

Cicadetta Montana s. str., photograph by Jaroslav Maly

The New Forest Cicada (Cicadetta montana s. str.) is the only cicada native to the UK. During May to July it sings with a very characteristic high-pitched song, which is at the limits of human hearing, and is particularly difficult for most adults to hear. Sightings of the cicada within the New Forest date back to 1812, but the last unconfirmed sighting was in 2000. However, it's quite likely that colonies remain undiscovered in less visited parts of the forest. The New Forest Cicada Project aims to equip the millions of visitors to the forest with a smart phone app that can detect and recognise the song of the cicada, and hopes to rediscover it in 2013.


Life sciences simulation: Bioinformatics, Ecology

Physical Systems and Engineering simulation: Acoustics

Algorithms and computational methods: Agents, FFT, Machine learning

Transdisciplinary tags: Complex Systems, Computer Science, Crowdsourcing