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Devon Wildlife Trust's Glow-worm Campaign 2012

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PostPosted: 21/06/12, 09:06    Post subject: Devon Wildlife Trust's Glow-worm Campaign 2012 Reply with quote

Glowing, going, gone?

Where did our glow-worms go? The glow-worm - once a widespread and familiar creature - is becoming a scarce sight. Anyone who has ever seen a glow-worm will remember the experience. As two recent writers captured it:

‘The twinkling goblin light of the glow-worm must be one of the most exciting and mysterious sights of the insect world. When they shine like fallen stars among the grass blades, it feels as though you have strayed into a fairy tale.’
(Peter Marren and Richard Mabey, Bugs Britannica, 2010)

A cruel combination of increased herbicide/pesticide use along with over-zealous grass cutting has done for many of the glow-worm’s favourite homes. However, populations of glow-worms remain, scattered round Devon and where they exist they continue to offer one of the most enchanting of all summer wildlife watching experiences.

This is why Devon Wildlife Trust has set up its glow-worm campaign and now you can help.

Take part in the survey

Devon Wildlife Trust are asking you a simple question: have you seen glow-worms recently or in the past? Filling in the survey form takes just a couple of minutes. Go to DWT’s online survey at http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Your sightings will be vital if we are to help the conservation of the glow-worm and get a more accurate picture of its fortunes since DWT’s last survey in 1999.

What to look for, when and where

• Adult glow-worms are brown-coloured beetles which measure up to 25mm
• Female glow-worms give off a green-yellow phosphorescent light to attract a mate – it’s this glow which makes spotting easy and fun
• The glow-worm’s glow can be seen after dark from May through to September, with a peak of activity in July
• Glow-worms prefer long grass - footpath edges, road verges, gardens and hedgerows are good places to look
• If you see a glow-worm leave it where it is for others to enjoy

Join a glow-worm spotting evening near you!

• Glow-worms - if we're lucky! - 9.45pm-late, Tuesday 26 June - Tarka Trail, Yelland, North Devon
• Glow-worms alight - 9pm-midnight, Saturday 7 July - Cookworthy Forest Centre, near Halwill Junction, north Devon

If you can't make one of these events, why not go for a walk at one of DWT’s nature reserves at Chudleigh Knighton Heath, Andrew’s Wood, Marsland and Bystock which all have glow-worm colonies.

For more information

Visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org
Lois Wakeman
Clerk to Uplyme Parish Council
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