Sampling event - Sightings for Ephippiger ephippiger in Flanders, Belgium

Version 1.2 published by Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) on 1 July 2022 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
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Description - Sightings for Ephippiger ephippiger in Flanders, Belgium is a sampling event dataset published by the Research Institute of Nature and Forest (INBO). It is part of the suite of monitoring networks for priority species in Flanders, in which data are collected at fixed locations using a standardized protocol ( This dataset contains counts of the Saddle-backed Bush Cricket Ephippiger ephippiger in Flanders. Here it is published as a standardized Darwin Core Archive and includes for each sampling event an event ID, date, location, sampling effort and sampling protocol (in the event core) and for each occurrence and occurrence ID, the number of recorded individuals, status (present/absent), life stage and scientific name (in the occurrence extension). Issues with the dataset can be reported at

Generalized and/or withheld information: as these are sensitive priority species, location information is generalized to 1, 5 or 10 km Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid cells. Original locations are available upon request.

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Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 56 records.

1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Event (core)

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How to cite

Please be aware, this is an old version of the dataset.  Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Piesschaert F, De Knijf G, Brosens D, Van de Poel S, Westra T, Desmet P, Pollet M (2022): - Sightings for Ephippiger ephippiger in Flanders, Belgium. v1.2. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Dataset/Samplingevent.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 8704a765-ec45-45fa-a133-36fec7dd4346.  Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Belgian Biodiversity Platform.


Samplingevent; monitoring; grasshoppers


Frederic Piesschaert
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Geert De Knijf
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Dimitri Brosens
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)/ Belgian Biodiversity Platform
Sam Van de Poel
Toon Westra
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Peter Desmet
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Marc Pollet
  • Originator
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)

Geographic Coverage

Flanders, Belgium

Bounding Coordinates South West [50.67, 2.53], North East [51.51, 5.94]

Taxonomic Coverage

The target species for are listed at This dataset covers the grasshopper capture and count protocol , for which there is one target species.

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Orthoptera

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2016-01-08 / 2021-12-31

Project Data is a suite of monitoring networks through which the Flemish Government is collecting high-quality information on priority plant and animal species. These are species on which Flanders have to report to Europe in the framework of the Habitats and Birds Directives, but also other species that are important for the Flemish nature policy.

Funding Flemish Government
Study Area Description Flanders, Belgium
Design Description Each monitoring network consists of fixed sample locations in which the target species is counted based on a standardized protocol. Data collection relies mainly on specialized volunteers, coordinated by the NGO Natuurpunt Studie. Fieldwork is planned and monitored with the web tool, which is also used for entering the collected data.

The personnel involved in the project:

Frederic Piesschaert

Sampling Methods

Sampling was done using the protocol described in De Knijf et al. (2016). We monitor Ephippiger ephippiger by counting calling males along a fixed trail. Each of the 5 marked areas are counted twice in the most active period (25 August to 15 September).

Study Extent The question we are trying to answer with the grasshopper monitoring network is whether the species in Flanders over a 24-year period is decreasing by at least 25% or increasing by 33% (Westra et al.2014). Since the 2 species (Stenobothrus stigmaticus and Ephippiger ephippiger) of monitored grasshoppers occur at less than 30 sites, all sites are monitored completely. Zadelsprinkhaan - Ephippiger ephippiger - The Saddle-backed Bush Cricket is a very remarkable and large bush cricket with a saddle-shaped neck shield and strongly reduced anterior wings. In Flanders, this species only occurs in very open wooded heathland in the province of Limburg.
Quality Control All data is validated

Method step description:

  1. Researchers from INBO and Natuurpunt Studie define and document the appropriate sampling protocol for the target species.
  2. Fieldwork is planned and coordinated by Natuurpunt Studie, using
  3. Data are collected in the field by specialized volunteers, using the predefined sampling protocol.
  4. Volunteers enter the collected data in
  5. A custom SQL view is created in the database to map the original data to Darwin Core as an event core, occurrence extension and measurement or fact extension.
  6. The Darwin Core views are connected to the INBO IPT and documented with metadata.
  7. The dataset is published and registered with GBIF.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. De Knijf G., Adriaens T., De Bruyn L., Maes D., Onkelinx T., Piesschaert F., Pollet M., Westra T. & Quataert P. (2016). Monitoringsprotocol sprinkhanen. Rapporten van het Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek 2016 (INBO.R.2015.10069987). Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek, Brussel.

Additional Metadata

We like to thank the "Saltabel grasshopper working group and LIKONA” for their input in creating this dataset.

Alternative Identifiers 8704a765-ec45-45fa-a133-36fec7dd4346