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Lincolnshire nature fans are being urged to sign up to witness the amazing spectacle of a rare beetle glowing in the dark.
The Forestry Commission is staging a glow worm walk in 360-hectare (900-acre) Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby, Lincolnshire, on Saturday 19 June.
Glow worms are in fact beetles and females produce a soft glow in their body to attract males – a light that can be seen as far as 50 yards away. Once such insects were far more widespread than today, but Chambers remains a stronghold thanks to sensitive management, which includes leaving grass long so the ladies can climb to the top of stalks to maximise their chances of being seen.
Range Mary Porter said:
“The glowing season is really only during June, so this is a rare chance to see the beetle. We’ll be totting up the numbers we see and comparing it with previous years as our contribution to National Insect Week.”
The walks starts at 10pm and meets at the Chamber Farm Wood Centre, signed off the B1202, Bardney to Wragby road. It costs £3 per person and booking is required on 01526 399943.
NOTE TO EDITOR
Chambers Farm Wood is part of the Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve.
Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands.http://www.forestry.gov.uk/http://www.forestry.gov.uk/NorthEastEngland To find out more about the region’s woods log-on to www.forestry.gov.uk/eastmidlands
Richard Darn on 01226 246351. Mobile: 0775 367 0038.