Glow worms to light up sun­set walk

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

NA­TURE lovers can get a closer look at one of na­ture’s strangest an­i­mals at a sun­set walk this week­end.

The free guided glow worm walk will take place at Bar­nack Hills and Holes Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, home to one of the UK’s two types of glow worm, on Fri­day, July 2 from 9pm to 11pm.

The tour starts shortly be­fore sun­set, so walk­ers will be able to find out about the area’s wildlife as they watch the sun set over the na­ture re­serve and wait for the glow worms to shine.

Al­though known as glow worms, the crea­tures are not ac­tu­ally worms. Se­nior Re­serve Man­ager Chris Gar­diner said: “They may some­times re­sem­ble worms, but glow worms are ac­tu­ally bee­tles and for most of their life they re­sem­ble woodlice.

“When night falls, the fe­males mix two chem­i­cals in their tail to switch on their ‘ glow’, this is to at­tract males as they fly past.

“Al­though the lime­stone soil at Bar­nack pro­vides per­fect con­di­tions for the glow worms, they only ap­pear for a short pe­riod of time each year, so I would rec­om­mend sign­ing up to join our guided walk for your chance to see these fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures in all their glow­ing magic.”

Walk­ers should note this walk in­cludes steep slopes and un­even ground.

Book­ing is es­sen­tial to take part in the walk, and to guar­an­tee a place, or to find out more in­for­ma­tion, call Nat­u­ral Eng­land on 0300 060 2712, or visit www.nat­u­raleng­land.co.uk

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