Lightning Hunter - 17/6/2010 00:37 Female glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) spotted earlier this evening in the New Forest - my first ever sighting, and much brighter than I expected! It was as bright as the LED on the front of a computer and stood out clearly from a good 20-30 ft away.
Glow worms are great and we go out looking at them most summers, the kids love seeing them glowing in the dark. Badbury Rings and the surrounding farmland is a hot spot for them in Dorset and there loads to be seen on a summer evening. Badbury Rings also has the Great Glow Worm Hunt most years where they do a big site survey.The country lanes around that area are full of empty snail shells, they literally crunch under your feet and that's a sure sign of Glow Worms. They love to eat snails. June/July is a good time to see them, just when it's getting dark the females will climb up stems and start to shine as they try and attract a mate.
As Glow Worms aren't all that common you can submit your sighting at http://www.glowworms.org.uk/