Thursday, 12 June 2014
Recent periods of heavy rain showers and warm sunshine have resulted in rapid growth of the path-side vegetation, making it difficult to see the little creatures therein.
Also a few false alarms - the gleam of a cat's eyes, watching what we were up to at this hour and a few young rabbits hopping about in the dark. No doubt we were being watched by other nocturnal wildlife as well.
The glint of the moonlight on the trickling waters of Etwall Brook, and the reflection on pieces of litter in the undergrowth were other false alarms..
The croak of the pheasant and the hooting of owls added to the magic of the night scene.
But enough of this rubbish, the big question is .............
How many glow worms did we see? And how does that figure compare with previous surveys?
Well the score was 37. not a large number, but have never seen more than 40 odd, so not bad at all.
We have to remember that we are always likely to miss quite a lot, some hidden by vegetation and also we suspect that they switch off the light after mating.
Rather like humans.
Posted by Les Sims at 09:36