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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Omocestus rufipes - Woodland Grasshopper

Range & Status

Found only in southern England, south of a line from the Bristol Channel to the Wash, excluding East Anglia.

Regional Distribution

Locally common on The Lizard, with a handful of sites in West Penwith. A small isolated colony was found by Roger Penhallurick in 1980 at the Tidna valley, north of Bude, but this has not been seen since 1991.

Habitat & Ecology

As its common name suggests, this species is normally found in woodland rides, sometimes spreading to adjacent grasslands. However, this is not the case in Cornwall, where it is invariably found to be a species of open heathland, well away from woodlands.


None known.


None known.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.