Glow worms to light up sunset walk
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