The Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey
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Towards the end of 2020, I came close to the point of ending the Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey after some nine years. While the idea of a county wide Glow Worm survey was initially well received, actually encouraging people to become engaged with the survey proved infuriatingly difficult.
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  Even those managing various nature reserves around the county, never contributed and they are the people claiming to be interested in the wildlife their reserves hold. In the end it came down to a few sterling members of the public, who regularly went out after dark to survey as many sites as was possible during the 'glowing season'.

Each Spring and Summer, this small band of volunteers, went out and  surveyed local sites for Glow Worms and the results of the survey since 2012, are produced further down this page. Glow Worm records can be sent directly, by using the online form and any records (both positive and negative) will appear on this page.

The Glow Worm in national decline

The Glow Worm (Lampyris noctiluca) is one of our most fascinating and endearing insects. Well known for its ability to produce light, the Glow Worm holds a unique place within UK fauna. The female Glow Worm's bioluminescent glow has formed the basis of fairy tales and folk lore over countless centuries and has charmed both children and adults througho1ut history.

Although still regarded by many authorities as being both nationally and locally common, this delightful beetle appears to be in a serious decline. Habitat loss through urbanisation and industrial development and the use of pesticides and herbicides through modern farming practices, have all contributed towards the Glow Worm's decline.

Today, we know little more about their current UK range, than Victorian naturalists did over 100 years ago. But has the Glow Worm actually declined in Nottinghamshire? Certainly there is a lack of modern records from many of its known sites, but is this through a genuine decline, or just a lack of recording?

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Glow Worm distribution in Nottinghamshire

Back in 2008, our knowledge of the Glow Worm's Nottinghamshire distribution, still relied on what we thought, rather than what we actually knew. There was a total lack of modern records, even from many of it's reported sites and it was obvious that no one was actively recording Glow Worms. At the time, the coleoptera recorder for Nottinghamshire was of the opinion that Glow Worms were quite widespread throughout the county, yet the first Glow Worm distribution map we produced, instantly disputed that claim and a few of us voiced our concerns.

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The lack of historical records or even reported sites, suggested that the Glow Worm had never actually been widespread in Nottinghamshire, but rather had always been mostly confined to the dry, sandy soils of the Sherwood Forest area and with few records (or claims of records) from other parts of the county. Its interesting to note that most of the Nottinghamshire sites listed on the UK Glow Worm Survey's website, no longer seem to hold Glow Worms, which has been proved over the last few years by the Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey.

Sometimes though, proving a decline is difficult and can only ever be proved by a large amount of effort. Volunteer surveying has proved without any doubt, that the Glow Worm has indeed declined. This decline continues, even in the beetle's stronghold of the Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park areas, where it suffers from the effects of commercial forestry operations. More on this is available to read on the historical records link further down this page.

The Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey

In 2012, ourselves and a small group of dedicated Glow Worm enthusiasts, set out to map the Glow Worm's distribution across Nottinghamshire, in a determined effort to secure enough data to help confirm the Glow Worm's decline. Our first task was to gather and collate all available records and sites, some dating back over 100 years.

Mapping produced some unexpected results, showing that the Glow Worm's distribution was much more restricted than was previously thought. There was an almost complete absence of records from the Trent Valley, where they perhaps might have been expected. Our mapping showed that Glow Worms are largely confined to those areas of Nottinghamshire which lie on Sherwood Sandstone. This includes areas such as Clumber Park, Sherwood Forest and Sherwood Pines and it is possible that new Glow Worm sites still await discovery somewhere.

Why survey?

It is surprising how little we actually know about the distribution of many of our insects. So by surveying one of the most easily identified species, we have the chance to accurately map the Glow Worm in the county for the very first time. And since 2012, this is exactly what we have been able to do.

Site access permissions

As a general rule, you will not require any access permissions if surveying for Glow Worms along designated public footpaths or bridleways. If wanting to survey for Glow Worms on any private site, please check and arrange access permissions with the landowner before your visit.

 
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Disclaimer:- The NGWS is not responsible for matters regarding personal safety, vehicles left unattended at remote sites, or any form of tresspass on private sites, whilst conducting any Glow Worm surveys.
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  How to survey for Glow Worms

No specialist equipment is needed and the whole family can take part. Glow Worms traditionally prefer grassy habitats, but disused railway lines, forest rides and roadside verges on well drained soils, are all ideal sites to look for them. Surveying for Glow Worms is easy, but here are some simple pointers to help.

  • Surveys should be carried out at night, from about 10:30pm onwards in mid-June (depending on cloud cover) and without the use of torchlight. Your eyes will fully adapt to the dark after about 20 minutes.
  • Females will usually find a prominent stone or leaf, from which to attract a male, but can sometimes stay low to the ground. Walk in suitable habitat as soon as it becomes dark enough to see stars and simply look for the female's green bioluminescent glow.
  • A temperature of around 8C and a clear sky will mean few Glow Worms will bother lighting up, especially if there is a bright Moon. Surveying is ideally undertaken when the weather is cloudy, as the temperature will be higher than on a clear night. Higher numbers are often reported on damp, rainy nights.

Results

All results are needed. Negative results are as important as positive results, in helping us to map the Glow Worm's distribution across the county. Knowing more about the Glow Worm's present distribution, would also give us an idea of how we can help site owners to manage their sites more sympathetically to conserve them.

Publication and use of results

At the end of the Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey, all site owners will be contacted and informed of the presence of any Glow Worm colonies found on their land. All Glow Worm records will be reported to the Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Records Centre at Wollaton Hall. All survey sites and grid references producing either positive or negative results, will be published on this website. Sites on private land will be listed as private and with no public access. Only four figure grid references will be used for such records.

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How to submit your Glow Worm records/sightings to the NGWS

The quickest and easiest way to contribute your records to the Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey, is by completing the simple online survey form on the right. The form can also be used to send in any old Glow Worm records you may have. Old records are important in helping to determine an accurate picture of Glow Worm distribution and how it may have changed over time.

It is just as useful if we know where Glow Worms are not found, so please remember that negative results from a site, are equally as important as positive results to the survey and will help in our mapping of the Glow Worm's distribution at the end of the survey.

Useful Glow Worm links on www.eakringbirds.com

 
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Results and the archiving of old NGWS surveys

Following a much needed reorganisation of this and the other Glow Worm pages linked in blue above, the survey results from all previous years are given below. Collectively forming an archive of results. For the very latest survey results, click the top link above.

Results
from the Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey 2020

Contributors to the survey 2020:

Many thanks go to all of the following people who have sent in their survey results. It really is appreciated. Thanks to Christine Booth. Carl Cornish. Martin Dale. Jennie Exley. Suzie Exley. Andrew Fell. Jessica Fell. Indy Kiemel Greene. Jason King. Johnny Maxwell. Phil Parry. Trevor Pendleton. Amber Singleton. Izzy Smith. Tabby Taberer. Chloe Thomson. Richard Upright.
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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
July 24th   Old Toton Sidings   SK488352   Grassland and scrub, active sidings with Bramble and mixed scrub   0   No Glow Worms recorded
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July 24th   Toton Sidings   SK491343   Grassland and scrub, active lineside with Bramble and mixed scrub   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Glow Worms were reported from SK491340 on 14/06/08, which apparrently is just into neighbouring Derbyshire   MD. PP.
July 22nd   Ollerton Pit Woods   SK670672   Grassland and grass/scrub adjacent to former railway line   0   Only surveyed the path which runs alongside the former railway line from SK667673 to SK674667 and which forms the site's southern boundary. No Glow Worms recorded.   TP.
July 15th   Peafield Plantation   SK565646   Pine plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Two nearby site have also produced negative results in occasional surveys over a number of years   TP.
July 13th   Edwinstowe   SK616659   Meadowland adjacent to River Maun and field edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
July 13th   Ollerton (Jono's Wood)   SK651673   Deciduous woodland/park   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
July 13th   Ollerton   SK647664   Grass bridleway running through arable fields   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
July 13th   Ollerton Hills   SK648661   Mixed woodland and field edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
July 10th   Sherwood Pines   SK617601   Grassland and scrub   0   A count of 25 females recorded from this location for the first time back in May 2018. But habitat appears to have changed, possibly due to fire or herbicidal use   MD. PP.
July 10th   Sherwood Pines   SK619603   Mixed woodland, grassland and scrub   25   25 females, including one with a male and five larvae found. Between three and five females were recorded from this same location in 2013   MD. PP.
July 10th   Rainworth CP   SK605590   Disused railway line, with Heather and Gorse scrub   0   No Glow Worms recorded. This site was also surveyed in 2018, with no Glow Worms recorded.   MD. PP.
July 7th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge and heath . 4   Four females found, including one at the roadside   TP.
July 7th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   14   14 females recorded along the access track running paralell to the A616   TP.
July 7th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   7   A count of seven females visible from a circular footpath route around part of the site   TP.
July 6th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   50   50 females recorded   JM. RU.
July 4th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   49   Numbers increasing, with 49 females recorded   TT. SE. JE. CT.
July 3rd   Bunny Old Wood   SK585284   Decidous woodland, grassland and scrub   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. PP.
July 3rd   Goatham Moor   SK546295   Disused railway line   0   No Glow Worms recorded . MD. PP.
June 29th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   38   38 females recorded from various areas around the site   JM. RU.
June 28th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   30   A total of 30 females recorded.   AF. JF. AS.
June 26th   Ruddington   SK561313   Railway line grass banked with lined trackbed   9   A count of nine females and two males centred at SK56187 31383   MD. PP.
June 25th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   1   A single female recorded   CC.
June 25th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   8   Eight females and a single male recorded   CC.
June 22nd   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   37   A total of 37 and 17 males females recorded.   JK.
June 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   6   Six females recorded   JM. RU.
June 12th   Budby South Forest   SK627688   Heathland   1   A single female found from this known Glow Worm location   IKG.
June 9th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   Five females recorded   TP.
June 9th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK608674   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three females recorded at SK608672, SK608676 and SK610675.   CC.
June 4th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 2nd   Ruddington   SK563318   Railway line grass banked with lined trackbed   5   Five females recorded from a new site, along a section of former railway line, which is still used occasionally  and is private. Glow Worms were recorded near here, from a railway cutting at Gotham lacated at SK540294 in 1969   IS.
May 30th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Two females recorded   TP.
May 28th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   A single female this evening. Not the one present on May 20th and 23rd   TP.
May 27th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   1   A single female   JK.
May 23rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   Still just the single female first noted on May 20th, present on site this evening   TP.
May 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   First female of the year found along section M of the recording area   TP.
May 19th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   First survey for adults. No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
May 17th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   A single larva recorded in section D of the survey area   CB.
May 15th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   4   Five larvae recorded, with lengths of 18mm x2 and 21mm x2   TP.
May 12th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP.
May 9th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   A total of five larvae unfortunately included one found dead. Larval lengths recorded were 17mm, 18mm, 20mm x2 and 22mm   TP.
May 7th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three larvae with lengths of 15mm, 16mm and 17mm   TP.
May 6th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Two larvae (one recently dead) this evening, measuring 20mm and 24mm larvae recorded   TP.
May 5th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Single 20mm and 21mm larvae recorded   TP.
May 2nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   6   A total of six larvae recorded again, with larval lengths consisting of 16mm, 19mm x2, 20mm, 21mm and 25mm   TP.
April 27th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   6   Another six larvae recorded this evening, with larval lengths of 14mm, 16mm, 20mm x2, 22mm and 23mm   TP.
April 22nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   6   Six larvae represented another decent total. Recorded larval lengths of 15mm, 16mm, 18mm, 20mm and 22mm x2   TP.
April 18th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   13   The first rain for several weeks prompted a good count of 13 (one dead) this evening. Larval sizes were  15mm x4, 16mm x2, 17mm, 20mm x2, 22mm, 23mm and 24mm   TP.
April 16th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   7   Seven larvae found this evening, despite continuing dry conditions. Recorded larval lengths included 16mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm x2 and 20mm x2   TP.
April 6th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three larvae found this evening. Recorded larval lengths were 15mm x2 and 20mm   TP.
April 5th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   4   Four larvae found this evening, measuring 14mm, 15mm, 17mm and 22mm   TP.
April 3rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   6   Six active larvae found this evening, with recorded larval lengths of 13mm x2, 15mm, 16mm, 19mm and 20mm   TP.
March 25th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Larval lengths of 18mm x2   TP.
March 25th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Larval lengths of 22mm (found dead) 20mm and 28mm recorded mid to late morning   TP.
March 24th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   4   Larval lengths of 12mm (found dead) 15mm x2 and 18mm recorded late afternoon/evening   TP.
March 21st   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   4   Larval lengths of 13mm, 20mm (found dead) 22mm and 25mm recorded late morning and early afternoon   TP.
March 19th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Single 12mm and 13mm larvae recorded late morning and early afternoon   TP.
March 7th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   A single 17mm larva recorded   TP.
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Spring 2020 - larval survey results and data

I wasn't expecting to do any larval surveying this year, but when a couple of daytime walks through Clipstone Old Quarter unexpectedly produced early active larvae, I have so far (March 24th) attempted to continue the regular routine of late afternoon/early evening larval surveys of sections A, B, C and D, which Dilys and myself did pretty much annually between 2009 and 2017. However, with the current restrictions on movement imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, any continuous surveying is unlikely this year.

There are three tables below which I've added this past few weeks, showing the larval sizes per months of March and April. Fig 03 shows how the average size of Glow Worm larvae at Clipstone Old Quarter in Spring, has decreased since 2009. Work continues.

 
Fig 01. ... Diurnal Glow Worm larval size ranges found during March 2020
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    9mm-15mm larval size range   Intermediate   19mm-28mm larval size range
Section   9mm 10mm 11mm 12mm 13mm 14mm 15mm   16mm 17mm 18mm   19mm 20mm 21mm 22mm 23mm 24mm 25mm 26mm 27mm 28mm
A .. 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .. 0 0 0 .. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
B .. 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .. 0 0 1 .. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C .. 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .. 0 0 0 .. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D .. 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .. 0 1 2 .. 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
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    9mm-15mm larval size range 31.25%   Intermediate 25.00%   19mm-28mm larval size range 43.75%
Total % .. 0.00 0.00 0.00 6.25 12.50 0.00 12.50 .. 0.00 6.25 18.75 .. 0.00 12.50 0.00 18.75 0.00 0.00 6.25 0.00 0.00 6.25
 
 
Fig 02. ... Diurnal Glow Worm larval size ranges found during April 2020 
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    9mm-15mm larval size range   Intermediate   19mm-28mm larval size range
Section   9mm 10mm 11mm 12mm 13mm 14mm 15mm   16mm 17mm 18mm   19mm 20mm 21mm 22mm 23mm 24mm 25mm 26mm 27mm 28mm
A .. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .. 0 0 0 .. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B .. 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .. 2 0 2 .. 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C .. 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .. 1 2 0 .. 0 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D .. 0 0 0 1 1 1 5 .. 3 1 0 .. 1 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
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    9mm-15mm larval size range 33.33%   Intermediate 24.44%   19mm-28mm larval size range 42.22%
Total % .. 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.22 4.44 4.44 22.22 .. 13.33 6.66 4.44 .. 4.44 20.00 0.00 11.11 4.44 2.22 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
 
 
Fig 02. ... Diurnal Glow Worm larval size ranges found during May 2020  (as of and including May 15th)
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    9mm-15mm larval size range   Intermediate   19mm-28mm larval size range
Section   9mm 10mm 11mm 12mm 13mm 14mm 15mm   16mm 17mm 18mm   19mm 20mm 21mm 22mm 23mm 24mm 25mm 26mm 27mm 28mm
A .. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .. 0 0 0 .. 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B .. 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .. 2 0 2 .. 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C .. 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .. 1 2 0 .. 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D .. 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 .. 2 2 3 .. 1 4 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
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    9mm-15mm larval size range 4.50%   Intermediate 32.00%   19mm-28mm larval size range 63.50%
Total % .. 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.54 .. 9.09 9.09 5.55 .. 9.09 13.63 22.72 9.09 0.00 5.54 5.54 0.00 0.00 0.00
 
 
Fig 03.     Glow Worm larval averages during Spring 2009-2016 and the latest data for 2020
Week/period . 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2020
March 22-31 . ..... ..... 18.03mm/tL27 21.16mm/tL6. ..... 17.90mm/tL13 .   18.44mm/tL90
April 1-7 . 23.33mm/tL3. 21.27mm/tL13 18.64mm/tL70 19.00mm/tL5. .... 18.65mm/tL24 18.16mm/tL6.   16.46mm/tL13
April 8-14 . 21.14mm/tL14 19.58mm/tL17 19.19mm/tL31 19.66mm/tL9. 17.11mm/tL9. 18.27mm/tL59 19.11mm/tL16 15.00mm/tL3  
April 15-21 . 20.45mm/tL10 20.78mm/tL18 19.78mm/tL53 23.20mm/tL5. 18.34mm/tL34 18.62mm/tL22 20.66mm/tL8.   18.26mm/tL20
April 22-29 . 23.32mm/tL25 18.74mm/tL53 19.97mm/tL39 18.77mm/tL9. 18.61mm/tL25 20.20mm/tL36 .   19.00mm/tL12
April 30-May 6   22.95mm/tL20 23.20mm/tL5. 21.87mm/tL8. 20.95mm/tL22 19.85mm/tL16 21.87mm/tL21 . 17.66mm/tL15 .20.60mm/tL10
May 7-14 . 22.08mm/tL17 23.25mm/tL4.   22.30mm/tL10 21.62mm/tL21 21.25mm/tL4. . 18.22mm/tL22 18.90mm/tL10
May 15-22 . . 19.66mm/tL60   . 21.71mmtL/8 . . 19.97mm/tL34 19.50.mm/tL4
May 23-30 . . . . . . . . 19.11mm/tL9.  
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Spring avg   22.21mm/tL89 20.92mm/tL116 19.58mm/tL228 20.45mm/tL66 19.52mm/tL103 19.53mm/tL169 19.31mm/tL30 17.99mm/tL83 18.73mm/tL78
 
Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2019

Contributors to the survey 2019:
Barry Charlston. Martin Dale. Anthony Fell. Jessica Fell. Indy Kiemel Greene. Jason King. Andy Lowe. Johnny Maxwell. Ludwik Michalek. Dilys Pendleton. Trevor Pendleton. Chloe Ryder. Meg Skinner. David Smales-Cresswell. Ann Spacey (A Sp). Andy Sutton. Tabby Tabera. Megan Thompson. Richard Upright. Claire Watson. Deborah Wilson.   Our thanks go to all those who have contributed to the survey by sending in their reports, both positive or negative.
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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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July 15th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three females   DSC. MT. TT.
July 14th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   2   Two females reported   JK.
July 14th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   Five females   DSC. MT. TT.
July 13th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   Five females   AS. DW.
July 11th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   9   Nine females and one larva   TP.
July 11th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   6   Five females and a single male   DSC. MT. TT.
July 10th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK610675   Former Pine plantation   3   Three females recorded from a section which has never been annually surveyed. Glow Worms recorded from this area in previous years.   MD. AS.
July 10th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   12   12 females and three males   DSC. MT. TT.
July 10th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK607671   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   One female.   MD. AS.
July 10th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK619684   Deciduous woodland   1   One female. Glow Worms have never been recorded from this area of the Sherwood Forest CP, close to Budby South Forest before. This effectively ties the colonies in and around Clipstone Old Quarter, to those at Budby South Forest and Sherwood Heath further east.   MD. AS.
July 10th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK613684   Deciduous woodland   3   Annually produces small numbers of females along one section of track. Three females recorded.   MD. AS.
July 8th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   54   Still 54 females present   DSC. MT. TT.
July 7th   Linby Trail   SK528529   Disused railway line   0   No females found between SK533509 and SK523526.   LM.
July 7th   Newstead Abbey   SK547544   Deciduous woodland and mature parkland   0   No females recorded over a very large area surveyed, centred around SK547544. Glow Worms last recorded from a large private garden here in 2010.   LM.
July 7th   Newstead Abbey (Station Ave)   SK535531   Grass/roadside verge   0   No females recorded between SK523526 and SK540537, centred around SK535531.   LM.
July 5th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   10   A total of ten females and four males recorded   DSC. MT. TT.
July 4th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   2   Two females   DSC. MT. TT.
July 3rd   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   9   Nine females   AF. JF.
July 3rd   East Thievesdale Wood   SK618817   Small deciduous woodland set within agricultural land   0   No females found. Perimeter of wood walked.   LM.
July 2nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   28   A total of 28 females recorded   JM.
July 1st   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   15   15 females recorded   AF. JF.
July 1st   King's Clipstone to Archway House   SK607654   Deciduous woodland, grass/roadside verge   0   Clipstone Junction area. Tracks from the Dog and Duck Public House to SK617660, then the track up to Archway House. No Glow Worms found.   LM.
July 1st   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   3   Three females recorded   BC.
July 1st   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   89   Another high count of 89 females from this site. Numbers recently peaked here at 139, but no actual date has been reported.   JK.
June 29th   Clumber Park   SK612764   Deciduous and coniferous woodland and heathland   15+   A minimum of 15 females recorded. Glow Worms reported from this area in previous years.   ASp.
June 29th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606675   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   42   Highest site count for 2019, of approximately 42 females   IKG.
June 28th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   22   22 females and three males   DSC. MT. TT.
June 27th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   4   Four females along right hand side of track heading north around grid reference   CR.
June 27th   Clipstone Old Quarter
  SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   17   A total of 17 females, three of which had attracted males. Five larvae also recorded.   MD. AS.
June 27th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   18   18 females present this evening.    DSC. MT. TT.
June 27th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   1   One female   BC.
June 26th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   89   A very high total of approximately 89 females recorded this evening   JK.
June 26th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   12   12 females and a single male reported this evening   DSC. MT. TT.
June 24th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   13   Total site count of 13 females and ten males   DSC. MT. TT.
June 23rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   6   Six Glow Worms recorded over a large area of the site in ideal conditions   TP.
June 23rd   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 22nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   12   A total of 12 females and three males   DSC. MT. TT.
June 22nd   Skegby Trail   SK492626   Disused railway line   0   Former railway line between Skegby (SK495613) and Pleasley (SK494637) and centred around SK492626. No Glow Worms recorded, but site not historically known to hold Glow Worms.   JM. RU.
June 22nd   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   100+   Over 100 females recorded   MD. JK.
June 22nd   Fledborough/Harby   SK797711   Disused railway line   0   No Glow Worms recorded along length of former railway line between SK797711 and SK844714   LM.
June 21st   Sherwood Pines   SK605606   Mixed woodland and Pine plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded from a large area centred around SK605606   MS.
June 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   Five females recorded   DSC. MT. TT.
June 19th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   4   Four females and two males recorded   DSC. MT. TT.
June 18th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK613673   Deciduous woodland edge bordering farmland   4   Four females reported along forest track running from Clipstone Old Quarter, along the edge of the forest  to Edwinstowe. A larva found here in 2018.   AL.
June 18th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606668   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   One female found   JM.
June 16th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation, with areas of recent clearfell   34   Known healthy colony, with good numbers annually   JK.
June 16th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   1   A single female   TP.
June 16th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   7   Seven females recorded   TP.
June 15th   Southwell Trail   SK644590   Disused railway line   0   No Glow Worms recorded between Farnsfield (SK644572) and Bilsthorpe (SK649601)   LM.
June 9th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK608672   Former Pine plantation   3   Three females recorded   CW.
June 9th   Haywood Oaks   SK604545   Mixed woodland/plantation   0   Site not known to have any known records. No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM.
June 9th   Haywood Oaks   SK608548   Mixed woodland/plantation   0   Site not known to have any known records. No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM.
June 6th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 6th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass/heathland verge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 6th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 4th   Sherwood Pines   SK614601   Pine plantation   0   The southern side of Sherwood Pines/Clipstone Forest area surveyed, between SK605598 and SK623605 (centred at SK614601). No Glow Worms recorded.   MS.
June 1st   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Grass and heather heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
May 31st   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three females recorded   JM.
May 31st   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
May 28th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
May 26th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
May 25th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
May 23rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
May 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
May 16th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
March 28th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   One 16mm larva recorded from Section D of the survey area early evening   TP. DP.
March 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
February 28th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
February 22nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
 
Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2018

Contributors to the survey 2018:
Carl Cornish, Martin Dale, Andrew Fell, Harry Huntingdon, Jason King, Anna Kulpa,
John Maxwell, Ludwik Michalek, Katie Parry, Keith Parry, Phil Parry, Dilys Pendleton, Trevor Pendleton, Graham Smith and Richard Upright. The NGWS has had its best response ever this year. Our thanks go to all those who have taken the time to survey sites and send us their records.
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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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July 23rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   HH. GS.
July 22nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   HH. GS.
July 21st   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 21st   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   HH. GS.
July 19th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   One female recorded   TP. DP.
July 19th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Two females   HH. GS.
July 18th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   7   Numbers continuing to decline. Just seven females present this evening   HH. GS.
July 18th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 17th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 17th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   1   A single female recorded   TP. DP.
July 16th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   15   15 females reported this evening   HH. GS.
July 15th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 15th   Sherwood Heath (part)   SK646674   Heathland   2   Two females   TP. DP.
July 13th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   4   Four females present, all located within one general area of the site centred around SK648674   TP. DP.
July 12th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   25   All but one female found in the grass strip. A single male recorded with one female.   TP. DP.
July 11th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 11th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   24   Numbers have dropped, but still 24 females   HH. GS.
July 10th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   3   Three females still present along the access track   TP. DP.
July 10th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 9th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   80   Still 80 females present   HH. GS.
July 8th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   9   Just nine females recorded   TP. DP.
July 7th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   83   A very high count of 83 females recorded   HH. GS.
July 6th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   37   Still a minimum of 37 females on site   TP. DP.
July 6th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   7   Seven females recorded   TP. DP.
July 6th   Carburton Border   SK616731   Woodland   2   Two females recorded   LM. KP. KP.
July 5th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   48   48 females present over most of the heath   TP. DP.
July 5th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   7   Seven females along the access track near the A616   TP. DP.
July 5th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   76   A large rise in the numbers of females on site, with 76 present this evening   HH. GS.
July 3rd   Sherwood Heath (part)   SK646674   Heathland   18   18 females found   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Cockglode Wood   SK642673   Woodland/Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   7   Just seven females reported this evening   HH. GS.
July 3rd   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   7   Seven females recorded along the access track running paralell to the A616   TP. DP.
July 2nd   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   21   21 females present   TP. DP.
July 2nd   Budby South Forest   SK624685   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 2nd   Budby South Forest   SK621685   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 1st   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   39   A site record total of 39 females. 12 females were located along the access track running close to the A616 from the main entrance, but a further 27 were found to be in the grassy heathland between the track and the road.   TP. DP.
July 1st   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   61   The highest numbers reported here since 207 females on 27/06/08 and 212 females on 04/07/08.   TP. DP.
July 1st   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 30th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   13   13 females and a single larva, present along the site access track close to the A616.   TP. DP.
June 30th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   15   15 females reported   HH. GS.
June 30th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   27   27 females over much of the site   TP. DP.
June 29th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   11   11 females recorded during a late visit   TP. DP.
June 29th   Ollerton Assarts Plantation   SK630686   Woodland/heathland   3   Three females located at SK629687 and SK632685 (two). This effectively links up Glow Worm populations at Budby SF/Swinecote Road and at SK635684 (Worksop Road), probably as far as Sherwood Heath.   TP. DP.
June 29th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   1   A single female glowing at approximately SK627687   TP. DP.
June 28th   Clipstone Forest   SK618603   Pine plantation and grass/scrub   5   Five females and four larvae recorded from area centred around SK616602   MD. LM.
June 28th   Clipstone Forest   SK603596   Mixed woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM.
June 28th   Rainworth   SK605587   Disused railway line   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM.
June 28th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   11   11 females recorded   TP. DP.
June 28th   Cockglode Wood   SK642673   Woodland/heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 27th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   34   34 females and two males found in slightly milder temperatures than recorded on June 26th.   TP. DP.
June 27th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   20   A total of 20 females and one larva reported   HH. GS.
June 27th   Budby South Forest   SK620693   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 26th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   31   A total of 31 females recorded   JM. RU.
June 26th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   9   Nine females found between SK6268868799 and SK6242069058, along the access track running parallel to the A616.   TP. DP.
June 26th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 26th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK626683   Deciduous woodland with areas of heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 26th   Sherwood Heath   SK646674   Heathland   11   A total of 11 females found in cool (9.5C) moonlit conditions.   TP. DP.
June 25th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   37   37 females found during a survey of the site, despite clear skies and bright moonlight.   TP. DP.
June 25th   Worksop Road   SK635684   Deciduous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded in a brief survey   TP. DP.
June 24th   Sherwood Heath   SK646674   Heathland   23   A total of 23 females reported between 22:45h and 23:45h   CC.
June 24th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   19   19 females reported this evening   HH. GS.
June 24th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   27   A total of 27 females and one male reported   AF.
June 22nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   12   12 females and just a single male reported this evening   HH. GS.
June 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   11   A total of 11 females and one male reported   HH. GS.
June 19th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   7   Seven larvae recorded   TP. DP.
June 19th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   32   32 females found this evening, two with males. Some of the grass heath sections of this site, are deteriorating rapidly through scrub growth.   TP. DP.
June 18th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   41   A total of 41 females and four males counted. Females located in all parts of the heath surveyed.   TP. DP.
June 18th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   1   A single female and 11 larvae recorded. Nine were found within very close proximity to each other and viewable at the same time. All were hunting in leaf litter under Sallows.   TP. DP.
June 18th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 18th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   24   A total of 24 females reported, with a single male and larva found.   HH. GS.
June 16th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   2   Two females recorded with males in attendance   TP. DP.
June 16th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   1   A single female recorded, away from where Glow Worms have previously been recorded at this site.   TP. DP.
June 16th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   2   Two females recorded   TP. DP.
June 16th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK626683   Deciduous woodland with areas of heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 15th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   12   12 females reported this evening   HH. GS.
June 13th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   14   Opposing weather conditions to that of the previous night, being overcast and warm with rain. A total of 14 females and one male recorded. Glow Worms generally located in two areas of the site.   TP. DP.
June 12th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   1   Single female recorded   TP. DP.
June 12th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   1   Single female recorded   TP. DP.
June 11th   Sherwood Pines (entrance)   SK611646   Pine plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 11th   Clipstone Forest   SK617641   Mixed woodland, closed canopy   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 11th   Clipstone Forest   SK621634   Pine plantation, wide forest track   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 11th   Clipstone Forest   SK617628   Pine plantation, wide forest track with large areas of grass heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Ideal looking habitat.   TP.
June 11th   Clipstone Forest   SK617621   Pine plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 11th   Clipstone Forest   SK614615   Mixed woodland, closed canopy   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP.
June 10th   Clumber Park (Springlands)   SK611762   Mixed woodland, grassland and scrub   10   Ten females recorded from the general area of the given grid reference.   LM. KP.
June 10th   Clumber Park (Springlands)   SK614765   Mixed woodland, grassland and scrub   1   Single male attracted to artificial lure   LM. KP.
June 10th   Hills and Holes SSSI   SK557681   Former limestone quarry   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 9th   Clumber Park (Springlands)   SK611762   Mixed woodland and heathland (unmanaged)   6   Six females recorded. Two present here on June 3rd.   LM.
June 9th   Clumber Park (Springlands)   SK613764   Mixed woodland, grassland and scrub   2   Two males attracted to artificial lure   LM.
June 9th   Clumber Park (Fenton's Wood)   SK622770   Mixed woodland, grassland and scrub   0   No Glow Worms attracted to lure, or recorded visually.   LM.
June 7th   Clipstone Forest   SK620603   Mixed woodland   1   Single female recorded from a previously unknown location, but in the general area of previous reports.   LM.
June 7th   Clipstone Forest   SK616601   Mixed woodland, heathland, grassland and scrub   4   Five females recorded. 25 females present at this location on May 27th.   MD. LM. PP.
June 5th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 4th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 4th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   JM. RU.
June 3rd   Clumber Park (Springlands)   SK611762   Mixed woodland and heathland (unmanaged)   2   Two females recorded from this general area   LM.
June 3rd   Near Peafield Lane   SK601664   Woodland bordering arable farmland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 3rd   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 3rd   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   2   Two females, a single male and a larva found along outer access track from reserve entrance off Swinecote Road, near A616.   TP. DP.
June 2nd   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   1   Single female recorded   TP. DP.
June 2nd   Farnsfield (Southwell Trail)   SK639573   Disused railway line   0   Surveyed between car park at SK643572, heading west to SK636574. No Glow Worms recorded.   TP. DP.
June 1st   Bradmer Hill   SK598665   Woodland edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 1st   Near Peafield Lane   SK601664   Woodland bordering arable farmland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 1st   Gibraltar Plantation (edge)   SK605715   Woodland bordering arable farmland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
May 31st   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   3   Along outer access track from reserve entrance, off Swinecote Road near A616. Three females recorded within close proximity (10m) of each other.   TP. DP.
May 31st   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Females (three) last recorded from this location in 2012. Larvae found in 2013 and 2016.   TP. DP.
May 31st   Sherwood Heath (lower section)   SK647676   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
May 31st   Morton Hill Farm   SK653783   Farm track, grassland and scrub/meadowland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
May 30th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   4   Four females recorded   JM. RU.
May 29th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   Five females recorded   TP. DP.
May 28th   Near Peafield Lane   SK601664   Woodland bordering arable farmland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. One female recorded from this location in 2016.   TP. DP.
May 28th   Sherwood Heath (all site)   SK646674   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
May 28th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation   38   38 females present   JK.
May 27th   Inkersall Lane   SK627609   Farm track/grass verge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM. AK.
May 27th   Clipstone Forest   SK616601   Mixed woodland, heathland, grassland and scrub   25   A new location, near to the general area of previously reported Glow Worms. 25 females found, three of which were with males.   MD. LM. AK.
May 27th   Inkersall Lane   SK628611   Disused railway line   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM. AK.
May 27th   Bilsthorpe   SK639611   Disused railway line   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM. AK.
May 27th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   0   Along outer access track from reserve entrance off Swinecote Road, near A616. No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
May 27th   Sherwood Heath (lower section)   SK647676   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
May 26th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation   3   Known healthy colony holding good numbers annually   JK.
May 26th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
May 26th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   0   Along outer access track from reserve entrance off Swinecote Road, near A616. No Glow Worms recorded. Two females and a single larva recorded from this location in 2017   TP. DP.
May 24th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   Single female recorded   TP. DP.
May 23rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
May 19th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
May 10th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   A single larva recorded   TP. DP.
April 29th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Two larvae found this evening   TP. DP.
April 28th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   A single larva recorded   TP. DP.
April 26th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three larvae found along Section D of the survey area   TP. DP.
April 22nd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   2   Two larvae found   TP. DP.
April 21st   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK613673   Deciduous woodland edge bordering farmland   1   A single 28mm larva, found at a new location (which has been surveyed several times day and night) sited away from the main Clipstone Old Quarter population, along the edge of the forest at grid ref SK6131367380   TP. DP.
April 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grassland   1   A single larva recorded   TP. DP.
April 18th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   Five larvae recorded during this evening's survey, including the first larva recorded along Section A since 19/03/17   TP. DP.
April 17th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grassland   6   Six larvae recorded   TP. DP.
April 11th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
April 8th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three larvae recorded from section D this evening   TP. DP.
April 7th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   5   Five larvae recorded, including one larva hunting and attacking a Slug   TP. DP.
April 6th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   3   Three larvae recorded in section D of the survey route this evening   TP. DP.
April 5th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
April 3rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
March 27th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
March 26th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   1   Single larva recorded   TP. DP.
March 14th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation and grass/scrub strip   0   No larvae recorded   TP. DP.
 
Survey reports and accounts

Edited survey accounts kindly sent to us and originally written by Martin Dale.

Sunday May 27th 2018 - Martin Dale .. I teamed up with Ludwik Michalek again this year and accompanied by Anna Kulpa, we set out for an early survey of the southern end of Clipstone Forest (Sherwood Pines) alongside Rainworth Water. We arrived early on a pleasantly mild evening and whilst still light, decided to walk into the forest, west along a disused mineral line from Bilsthorpe that conveniently took us back over the A614 into the woods. As the light faded we descended into a deep cutting and took a well worn mountain bike track up the bank to head for the main east-west ride where Glow Worms had been recorded in 2013 by Andy Lowe.

None found there so we peeled off down a narrow overgrown path through the trees to get down to the river bank. Within no more than 30 yards, there was our first Glow Worm of the year. After taking a quick peek at the river (audible in spate with the recent rain) we headed into an adjacent clearing and placed two lures down, before heading further in over a low sward of grass and light scrub. Just a few metres on and our second female found, followed by more and more. Great team work paid off as we fanned out to scour the transect for all we could find. Much to our surprise, a total of 25 females - three already with males. Several larval glows were noted on our way round with one peculiar bright and rapidly moving glow under foliage fading and disappearing left us all perplexed as to what it could have been.

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Returning to the point where we came in, we found that no males had been attracted to our lures. We also noted that barring the first female in undergrowth on the path, all other females were located within the clearing. 

So a new location for Glow Worms centred at SK616601 (see accompanying map of the area) and in an area of Clipstone Forest where none had been recorded before.

A great night had by all and for me, particularly rewarding to be able to report my first Glow Worms to the Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey in some seven years of 'none-found' reports! At last, and a big surprise to us to find so many at this location so early in the glowing season. A site I will visiting regularly from now on.

Thursday June 7th 2018 - Martin Dale .. I teamed up with Ludwik Michalek and Phil Parry for a second visit to the Black Hill area of Clipstone Forest. The intention was to quickly check the transect we found 24 females in on the 27th May and then to look at other areas east and west along the line of Rainworth Water. Our route would initially be along the northern side of Rainworth Water, before crossing over the river to the south side, to survey any similar habitat up to the riverbank and around Damside Covert.

 
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The weather was cool on the night, with a clear sky interspersed with cloud and light showers of rain throughout the evening. Phil and myself surveyed areas around SK622606 on our way to meet up with Ludwik but no glow worms were found. However, Ludwik had found a single female at a new location of SK620603.

Moving on to the transect previously surveyed on May 27th, just four females were found in broadly the same area. Progress was slow due to surprisingly long grass and the Bracken having grown up in the intervening days since, and now wet with the fresh precipitation. We then headed south to cross river at what was presumed from the map to be a bridge, but turned out to be a ford, so time to get our feet wet as well!

Now on the south side of Rainworth Water we surveyed east and west along 2 open transects parallel with the river. The habitat appeared to be quite different, with high grasses and boggy areas that didn't look too favourable. No glow worms were found here and it was becoming clear that the wet and cool conditions and the late hour (now after midnight) suggested that our chances of finding any were diminishing. Maybe one to do again in better weather perhaps but the habitat was less attractive that found north of the river.

Thursday June 28th .. Teamed up with Ludwik Michalek again. We decided to survey one of the dismantled railway lines leading towards Clipstone Forest. Now part of the national cycle route, we picked it up leading north from the outskirts of Rainworth at SK605584, towards the south-west corner of the forest. Disused and dismantled railway lines seem to have gained near mythical status among naturalists studying Glow Worms elsewhere in the UK, so I was anxious to check yet another one, on my continuing quest to see if this assertion holds true for Nottinghamshire.

Access was very easy from a new build corner of Rainworth and once on the former colliery line, it quickly descended into quite a deep sandstone cutting with a mixture of tussock forming Grasses, Heather and scrub with some bare sandstone areas. After about a mile, the line met the point where Rainworth Water enters a culvert, to then head west down towards a water treatment works near to Rainworth Heath. From there we picked up the track leading east into Clipstone Forest, initially going under a concrete bridge carrying the rest of the former line north to Clipstone. Up to this point, no glow worms had been found despite some promising looking habitat in the cutting.

Passing three ponds to our left and Rainworth Water to our right, we headed into the south-west corner of the forest and quickly surveyed a small clearing under some trees. None there, so carried on to find our now familiar transect centred on SK616601 to find just one female in what was by this date, chest high bracken. Very difficult to survey, leading us to conclude that there may have been many more there, that we could neither see, or realistically find.

Returning to the main ride, we decided to continue surveying on our way back and were pleased to find 3 females in the bracken on the north verge of the ride and one on the south side, include one right in the middle of the path! Also much in evidence, several bright glows from larvae down in the short grass on the north verge edge. One located in torch light turned out to be just 10mm size and it was heartening to see larval hunting behaviour at Clipstone Forest, following the now familiar pattern seen at other sites locally and in captivity.

In conclusion, once again Glow Worms seem to be mostly confined to areas of the forest rather than tracks in open land. Despite surveying many disused mineral lines in Notts, I'm yet to find a single glow worm on one, but I'll keep looking. Finally a big thank you to Ludwik for again providing transport and his company on the evening.

Martin Dale

     
Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2017
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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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July 8th   Plantation Lane, Hodsock   SK625853   Mixed woodland, grass verge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
July 7th   Rob Lane, Loath Hill and Robin Hood Hill   SK634535   Mixed woodland, grass verge and meadowland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM.
July 7th   Gibraltar Plantation   SK605723   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 6th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Heathland   1   Single female present and two males attracted to artificial lures.   MD. IM.
July 5th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK606685   Deciduous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Surveyed area was just outside the Country Park boundary.   TP. DP.
July 5th   Budby South Forest   SK604691   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 5th   Budby South Forest   SK603693   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 5th   Clumber Park   SK635772   Coniferous woodland and grass verge   0   No Glow Worms recorded on a walk between SK629772 and SK640772. Glow Worm's last recorded in this area of Clumber (Calloughton Wood) back in 2004.   LM.
July 3rd   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge   0   A previously known site at the junction of the A616 and the B6034. No Glow Worms recorded.   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Sherwood Forest CP   SK622681   Grass heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Sherwood Forest CP   SK625681   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Sherwood Forest CP   SK611676   Grassy, woodland ride   0   No Glow Worms recorded. A maximum of five females recorded from this location in 2013.   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Sherwood Forest CP   SK613684   Oak/Birch woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. A known Glow Worm site, set within the Sherwood Forest CP.   TP. DP.
July 2nd   Clumber Park   SK613762   Mixed woodland, grassland and heathland   2   Two females present. Glow Worms last recorded from this area of Clumber in 2012   LM.
June 24th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK626682   Oak/Birch woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 22nd   Crookford   SK670651   Grassland and scrub   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 20th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
June 20th   Amen Cormer   SK641654   Grassland/meadow   0   No Glow Worms recorded, or males attracted to artificial lure   LM.
June 20th   King's Stand Plantation   SK640656   Deciduous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
June 20th   Thoresby Park   SK645719   Grass verge   0   No Glow Worms recorded along a recently mown stretch of verge on Netherfield Lane, between SK645719 and SK638717   TP. DP.
June 20th   Thoresby Park   SK630710   Grass verge/parkland   0   Former Thoresby Market entrance. Glow Worms recorded here some years ago. None recorded on this visit, but some limited habitat present.   TP. DP.
June 19th   Thieves Wood   SK547568   Largely coniferous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded, or males attracted to artificial lure   MD. LM.
June 19th   Rob Lane and Comb Wood   SK635546   Largely deciduous woodland and grass verge   0   No Glow Worms recorded, or males attracted to artificial lure   MD. LM.
June 18th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 18th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   1   Single female (different to female of 12/06/17) and one 10mm larva found. Part of a known Glow Worm population at nearby Swinecote Road, Budby.   TP. DP.
June 17th   Bradmer Hill   SK598665   Woodland edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Very small numbers (max of three in 2015) known from this location   TP. DP.
June 17th   Near Peafield Lane   SK601664   Woodland bordering arable farmland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Single female found at this location in 2016   TP. DP.
June 17th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK601666   Deciduous woodland   2   Two females present, centred at this grid ref. This location effectively links the above two locations with the large population at Clipstone Old Quarter. A single larva recorded here in 2016   TP. DP.
June 16th   Thieves Wood   SK547562   Largely coniferous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM.
June 16th   Nomanshill Wood   SK546561   Largely coniferous woodland   0   No males attracted to artificial lures placed at two locations. See report below.   MD. LM.
June 16th   Harlow Wood   SK552564   Deciduous woodland   3   Three females recorded, extending east from this grid ref. Two of these were found close to a known population, but a single female was present close to the A60, at the given grid ref   MD. LM.
June 15th   King's Clipstone   SK610647   Roadside verge/bank   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 14th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Site maxima of 207 and 212 females here on two dates in 2008. Very small numbers of females since.   TP. DP.
June 12th   Budby South Forest   SK621693   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 12th   Budby South Forest   SK624690   Heathland   1   Single female found away (but part of same population) from a known Glow Worm site at nearby Swinecote Road, Budby. No Glow Worms previously reported from this site, which was surveyed once in 2012   TP. DP.
June 9th   Annesley Woodhouse Quarry   SK489533   Unimproved grassland and scrub   0   No female Glow Worms recorded, or males to lure   MD. LM.
June 9th   Bentinck Banks SSSI   SK493554   Grassland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. LM.
June 9th   Robin Hood Hills   SK512546   Unmanaged woodland with Bracken growth   0   Large numbers of Glow Worms reported from this site in 1968 and habitat appears to have have changed or deteriorated substantially since. No female Glow Worms recorded, or males to lure.   MD. LM.
May 25th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation   2   Known healthy colony   JK.
May 25th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   0   A previously known site at the junction of the A616 and the B6034   TP. DP.
May 20th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation, deciduous woodland and grassland   1   Single female   TP. DP.
 
2017 Survey reports from Martin Dale and Ludwik Michalek

Edited survey accounts kindly sent to us and originally written by Martin Dale.

Friday June 16th 2017 .. Quick visit to Thieves Wood and Normanhill Wood prior to Monday (June 19th) evening visit. Two lures checked after foray into Harlow Wood and towards a known Glow Worm site. We had recorded three females on the footpath leading to the colony's location within Harlow Wood. Afterwards we returned to our lures placed at SK546561 and SK547562 in Normanshill Wood, but no males were attracted.

Monday June 19th .. Went to Rob Lane, at first in daylight and left a lure in an open part of Comb Wood, running along side of Rob Lane. Site very remote and dark at night with good habitat, both along the lane verge and in the woodland.  We didn't reach the sunken part of the lane due to a heavily rutted track, but were within 100 metres of it. The 1992 report location of glow worms from SK630550 is now almost directly under a huge wind turbine and the lane up to the farm is managed with lawn and young trees.  No males to lure when we returned but lane and site was not fully surveyed for females due to late hour and long difficult track on our return.

After returning from Rob Lane we went back to Thieves Wood, concentrating on the transect between coniferous and deciduous woodland, roughly parallel with the A60 and placed a lure at SK547568. We then spent some time traversing the site looking for females. None found including the area directly opposite the path on the other side of the A60 where the three females were found in Harlow Wood on Friday June 16th. Despite this, no females were found in Thieves Wood, nor any males attracted to our lure.

Thursday 6th July 2017 .. Met Ian Major of the Sherwood Forest Trust and Norman of the Friends of Sherwood Heath group, in the car park of 'The Alders' public house, where we convened to begin a survey of Sherwood Heath for Glow Worms.  Following surveys of Sherwood Heath in June by Trevor and Dilys Pendleton and Ludwik Michalek, we were keen to find if they were still there following the sustained crash in numbers over the last 8 years from the high counts (200+ females) recorded on two nights in 2008. To assist in determining this, lures were placed in two locations, at SK644674 and SK 645676 to be checked later. One female was found by Norman at SK644674 and returning to the lures, one male was found at each lure, so at least they are still present on the site, albeit in much reduced numbers.

Friday 7th July 2017 .. Teamed up with Ludwik Michalek again, this time to survey the area around Loath Hill and Robin Hood Hill centred on SK634535 where there is an Iron Age hill fort and burial mounds. Lures were placed at 3 locations; SK634537, SK633535 & SK633532 but no males were attracted and no females found following an extensive search of the area. 

We also completed a more thorough survey of Combs Wood and the sunken part of Rob Lane, centred on SK641547. No lures were set but the full extent of Combs Wood was surveyed including the full length of Rob Lane from the east and west ends. The location of the 1992 Glow Worm record, is now at the foot of a very large wind turbine! No glow worms were found, although the sunken part of Rob Lane is well worth a visit for it's unusual character!

Martin Dale

   
Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2016

An enormous effort was put into the survey this year, especially by Martin Dale and Ludwik Michalek. Even though all of Martin's surveys produced negative results, they were useful in confirming that (around Nottingham at least) Glow Worms have certainly declined in recent years. The Holme Pierrepont and Colwick Park areas, seem to be less suitable now for Glow Worms, than perhaps they were a few decades ago.

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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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July 21st   Clumber Park (Springlands)   SK613763   Woodland edge   1   Single female from a previously known area   LM.
July 19th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Heathland   2   Two females recorded   SA.
July 18th   Beech Hill Wood   SK646643   Deciduous woodland and field edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
July 18th   Beech Wood   SK645630   Deciduous woodland and field   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
July 18th   Cutt's Wood   SK647621   Mixed woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
July 18th   Ransom Wood   SK5759   Mature mixed woodland   0   A female reported from this private site in 2015, but no Glow Worms recorded during this survey   MD.
July 14th   Toad Holes Wood   SK617882   Mature deciduous wood   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
July 12th   Gosling Carr   SK660721   Alder Carr/wetland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 12th   Blackcliffe Hill Plantation   SK664710   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 12th   Walesby Heath/Scout Camp   SK665781   Grassy heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 12th   Whitewater Lane, Walesby   SK663702   Grassy heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Site last surveyed in August 2012   TP. DP.
July 10th   Holme Pierrepont/Skylarks NR   SK619391   Former gravel pit works   0   No Glow Worms recorded and no males attracted to artificial lure   MD.
July 10th   Holme Pierrepont/Blotts Pit   SK620388   Former gravel pit works   0   No Glow Worms recorded and no males attracted to artificial lure   MD.
July 10th   Holme Pierrepont/A52 Pit   SK615384   Grassland/wetland   0   No Glow Worms recorded and no males attracted to artificial lure   MD.
July 9th   Misson Carr NR   SK715975   Wet woodland, marsh and grassland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Site thought to be possibly too damp/wet   LM.
July 4th   Colwick Park and Racecourse   SK607396   Mixed grassland and light woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded. Some habitat considered suitable near racecourse but serious light pollution from Greyhound track badly affected western end. Large areas of the park muddy and too poorly drained but less light pollution   MD. WH.
June 28th   King's Clipstone/Intake Wood   SK593642   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 26th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   2   Two larvae recorded glowing. A previously known site at the junction of the A616 and the B6034   TP. DP.
June 26th   Edwinstowe STW   SK642670   Farm track/riverside   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 26th   Cockglode Wood   SK642673   Woodland/heathland   1   Single female. Site runs joins on to Sherwood Heath SSSI, which is a known Glow Worm site   TP. DP.
June 22nd   Peafield Lane   SK572657   Mixed woodland   0   No males attracted to artificial lure left on site   TP. DP.
June 22nd   Peafield Lane   SK571654   Coniferous plantation   0   No males attracted to artificial lure left on site   TP. DP.
June 19th   Near Peafield Lane   SK601664   Woodland bordering arable farmland   1   Single female from a previously unknown area   TP. DP.
June 19th   Bradmer Hill   SK598665   Woodland bordering arable farmland   1   Single female recorded   TP. DP.
June 18th   King's Clipstone/Archway Rd   SK608657   Farm track/riverside   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 18th   Hazel Gap to Gleadthorpe   SK601710   Woodland edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 18th   Fox Covert Wood and quarry   SK563822   Disused limestone quarry.   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
June 17th   Harlow Wood   SK555565   Coniferous plantation   44   Recently discovered (2013 at latest) colony   JK. CK.
June 9th   King's Clipstone/Archway Rd   SK608657   Farm track/riverside   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 9th   New Lodge Plantation   SK607658   Woodland edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 3rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Former Pine plantation, deciduous woodland and grassland   2   Two females recorded   TP. DP.
 
Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2015
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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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July 12th   Gibraltar Plantation (edge)   SK605715   Woodland bordering arable farmland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 12th   Duncan Wood   SK616718   Woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 1st   Bradmer Hill   SK598665   Woodland bordering arable farmland   3   Three females found along small path running along edge of woodland, bordering arable fields.   TP. DP.
May 23rd   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK647675   Former Pine plantation, deciduous woodland and grassland   0   Single female recorded   TP. DP.
 
Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2014
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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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May 18th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Forestry Pine plantation, part deciduous woodland & grassland   1   Single female   TP. DP.
June 6th   Kneeton   SK700455   Dense woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD. PP.
June 8th   Clumber Park   SK614754   Woodland   3   Three females   LM.
June 6th   Rainworth Heath   SK591590   Lowland Heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
June 30th   Clumber Park   SK616730   Woodland   12   12 females recorded along woodland track, between SK615733 and SK617727   LM.
July 1st   Green Drive   SK596672   Woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 1st   H   SK590670   Coniferous woodand   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 1st   Blakeley Lane, Market Warsop   SK580669   Woodland edge/farm track   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 1st   H   SK585667   Coniferous woodand   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Bradmer Hill   SK598665   Woodland bordering arable farmland   1   Previously unknown site. One female found on grass in middle of small path running along edge of woodland, bordering arable fields.   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Clipstone Drive   SK591666   Deciduous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 3rd   Buck Gates, Thoresby Estate   SK637691   Deciduous woodland   1   Single female   MW.
                         
Survey report from Martin Dale - Kneeton, June 6th 2014

Phil Parry and myself did a survey of the area of wood and flood plain alongside the south bank of the Trent called Watson's Piece. This was the location where a work colleague had reported seeing Glow Worms present in 2008. The location was accessed off the Kneeton Road between East Bridgford and Kneeton via Old Hill Lane - a track leading down to a large open field grazed by cattle. Historically, Old Hill Lane connected to one of the Trent's old ferry crossing points - the image of which can still be seen in the aerial view here; The area called Watson's Piece is partially in the flood plain of the Trent and on the wooded mudstone bank of Old Hill.

We surveyed Old Hill Lane itself and approx 1km of the adjacent flood plain and wood for Glow Worms between 22:20 and 00:10. None were found. The lower lying parts of the flood plain were totally inaccessible due to standing water, and much of the area extremely muddy due to recent rain and churning by cattle movement.

To the south-west of the area, we reached the enclosure that contained the location where Glow Worms had been previously recorded (SK697453). An established path was marked with arrow marker posts and a stile here; but the access through was severely restricted by overgrowth and high nettles making access near impossible at present. The likely presence of Glow Worms was inconclusive. Whilst the enclosed area did seem to be quite a haven for bird-life and has not been grazed, the nettles and overgrowth would not immediately suggest idealised Glow Worm habitat! We briefly checked out a track down to the other end of the site here; but the whole area of wood has been cleared and is now a crop field right down to the river.

Many thanks to Phil Parry for providing the transport for the evening and assisting in the hunt.

Martin Dale

 
Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2013

Unfortunately and despite much publicity, we had very few responses to the 2013 survey. Perhaps the real shame is that despite the large number of people being employed by conservation organisations, land/site management and wildlife groups, it seems that no one could spare just one hour, during the course of the Spring and Summer. However, despite this, four new Glow Worm sites were located within Clumber Park by Ludwik Michalek and James Glendenning and an additional three areas of Clipstone Forest/Sherwood Pines covered by Andy Lowe, were found to have Glow Worms.

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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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June 8th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Forestry Pine plantation, part deciduous woodland & grassland   2   Two females   TP. DP.
June 16th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   1   Single larva   TP. DP.
June 16th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Heathland   1   Single female   TP. DP.
June 24th   Clumber Park   SK616732   Woodland   1   Single female   LM.
June 24th   Harlow Wood   SK5556   Coniferous plantation   0   Previously unknown colony   JK. CK.
June 24th   Clumber Park   SK619723   Grass meadow   1   Single female   LM.
June 24th   Barrow Hills   SK680920   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
June 29th   Near Everton Carr Farm   SK6893   Dense woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   LM.
July 2nd   Sherwood Forest CP   SK611676   Grassy woodland ride   5   A previously unknown site, adjacent to large Glow Worm colony at Clipstone Old Quarter.   AL.
July 7th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK627680   Oak/Birch woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 9th   Gibraltar Plantation   SK605723   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 10th   Clumber Park   SK624732   Grassy heathland   2   Two females   JG.
July 10th   Hanger Hill Plantation   SK601695   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 11th   Clumber Park   SK628755   Grassy heathland   2   Two females   JG.
July 16th   Colwick Park   SK609395   Woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
July 16th   Clipstone Forest   SK619603   Coniferous plantation   5   Between 3 and 5 females noted in July   AL.
July 16th   Clipstone Forest   SK619605   Coniferous plantation   1   One female noted on two dates in July   AL.
July 16th   Clipstone Forest   SK620608   Coniferous plantation   11   Between 5 and 11 females noted in July   AL.
                         
The Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey results 2012

Survey sites away from Clipstone Old Quarter (not listed here) and providing negative results for Glow Worms are shown in grey. But there is always the possibility that Glow Worms could still be present at most of these sites given further surveys. Sites where Glow Worms were recorded are in blue. The lower site survey results, refer to searches for late females and/or larvae.

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Surveyed   Site name   Grid ref   Site type/habitat   Qty   Notes   Recorder
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May 30th   Clipstone Old Quarter   SK606670   Forestry Pine plantation, part deciduous woodland & grassland   1   Single female   TP. DP.
June 2nd   Fanny's Grove   SK610709   Former picnic site   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 12th   Peafield Lane   SK571654   Mixed plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 12th   Peafield Lane   SK572657   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 12th   Mapperley Golf Course   SK598436   Golf course   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
June 14th   Wellow Park   SK686672   Deciduous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 17th   Fanny's Grove   SK610709   Former picnic site   0   Surveyed for second time   TP. DP.
June 17th   Budby Carr   SK607705   Mixed woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 17th   Gibraltar Plantation   SK605723   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 17th   Welbeck Estate   SK609723   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 20th   Hanger Hill Plantation   SK601695   Coniferous plantation   0   Surveyed early and late evening   TP. DP.
June 20th   Budby Pumping Station   SK604704   Woodland edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 20th   Boundary Plantation   SK602699   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 20th   Watchwood Plantation   SK594506   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
June 22nd   NWT Reserve, Gorsethorpe   SK595653   Meadowland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 23rd   Hanger Hill Plantation   SK601695   Coniferous plantation   0   Surveyed for third time   TP. DP.
June 25th   Lambley Dumble   SK618449   Woodland and field edge   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
June 26th   Worksop Road   SK635684   Grass area within deciduous woodland   1   Single female found in brief search   TP. DP.
June 29th   Budby South Forest   SK627688   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 29th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   3   Three females present at the junction of the A616 and the B6034   TP. DP.
June 29th   Budby South Forest   SK621693   Heathland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
June 29th   Thorseby Estate   SK622693   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 4th   Oakmere Park, Oxton   SK612532   Golf course   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
July 11th   Colwick Woods   SK602398   Deciduous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
July 17th   Colwick Woods   SK602398   Deciduous woodland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   MD.
July 17th   Clumber Park   SK614763   Grass verge/woodland   2   Two females 90 metres apart. This is a new Glow Worm site for Clumber Park   LM.
July 20th   Sherwood Forest CP   SK613684   Oak/Birch woodland   1   A single female recorded from this known site. The first since two in 2009.   TP. DP.
July 21st   Sherwood Forest CP   SK625681   Woodland/grass heath   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. MD.
July 21st   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Heathland   1   Single female   TP. MD.
July 22nd   Hills and Holes   SK557681   Former quarry/grassland   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 26th   Rough Piece   SK594671   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
July 26th   Bradmer Hill   SK558667   Coniferous plantation   0   No Glow Worms recorded   TP. DP.
August 17th   Whitewater Lane, Walesby   SK663702   Grassy heathland   0   No late adults or larvae   TP. DP.
August 17th   Sherwood Heath   SK647675   Heathland   0   No late adults or larvae   TP. DP.
August 17th   Swinecote Road, Budby   SK627688   Grass verge/heath   4   Four larvae   TP. DP.
                         
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