To help track and protect the near extinct New Forest cicada, visitors will be able to download an app to scour the area for their call.

This article titled “How a smartphone could become an endangered cicada detector” was written by Duncan Graham-Rowe, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 20th September 2012 11.13 UTC

A new smartphone app that listens for the distinctive call of a highly endangered insect will soon help conservationists find out whether it has become extinct or not. The unusual blend of crowdsourcing and conservation is part of an experiment to see if visiting tourists using the app can help in the scientific hunt for the New Forest cicada.

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