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NEWS RELEASE No: 1464727 MAY 2011

Lighting up for Lincolnshire's glow worms

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The Forestry Commission is set to stage its popular glow worm walk in Chambers Farm Wood on Friday 17 June.

And it takes quite a bit to dull the ardour of one of Lincolnshire’s most miraculous creatures!

The little insect is in fact a beetle – not a worm – and females produce a soft light in their tails during early summer nights to attract males.

During last year’s public safari through the 340 hectare beauty spot, near Wragby, the temperature dipped below 10 degrees centigrade, too cold according to some experts for the beetle to light up.  But undaunted over 20 illuminated creatures were seen in the undergrowth. 

Ranger Mary Porter said: 

"We are hoping for a similar number this year, especially as nationally the species has declined, possibly due to habitat loss and even light pollution which confuses males. In a dark forest a glow worm’s light is very apparent once you know what to look for and visible up to 50 metres away. It really is a beautiful light show and an age-old  wonder of an English Midsummer’s Eve.”

Glow worms are at the northern edge of their range in Lincolnshire, but sensitive management has helped them survive in Chambers.  Adult beetles survive for just a few weeks and in that time they need to mate and lay eggs to ensure the survival of the next generation. 

The walk meets at 10pm at the Chambers Farm Wood Centre off the B1206 Bardney to Wragby road.  Booking is required on 01623 822447 and the cost is £5 per person.

Notes to editor

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. To find out more about the region’s woods log-on to

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