Glow worm sites in and around Nottinghamshire

A. Records published by Anthony Wootton (Country-Side 1971, 21 456-463 and 572-574, and XXII, No 6, Spring 1974, 266-271.)
NB: Comments such as '10 years ago' here refer from 1970s.

Outskirts of Nottingham, along ( mile of railway bank between Colwick Woods and race-course, up to 12-15 June 1970 and most previous years.
Nr Gotham, mineral railway cutting, 2, summer 1969.
Robin Hood Hills, Nr. Annesley, large numbers, summer 1968.
2.5 miles E. of Cuckney, Sherwood Forest (SK 605713), June 1929.
Along S-facing bank beside what is now Greenwood Road, Carlton (SK 610405), 2 or 3, before c.1940, not seen in recent years.
0.25 mile S.E. of Budby, Sherwood Forest (SK 625692), a few, June 1929.
Sherwood Forest, before 1916.

B. Sites reported to Robin Scagell to 1991
Site  Map    Location and details if any: f = (glowing) females
No    Ref
017 SK301472 Cowers Lane, Derbyshire 8f 1991
018 SK405403 Stanley, Derbyshire 10f 1991
020 SK416408 Stanley, Derbyshire 19f 1991
186 SK943026 South Luffenham, Rutland  2f 1991
178 SK947006 Barrowden, Rutland 8f 1991
185 SK955193 Morkery Wood, Lincs  19f 1991
179 SK982053 Ketton Quarry SSSI, Rutland  7f 1991
191 SK999147 Lincolnshire Gate, Lincs  1f 1991

Sites from County Records:
SK856586 Ditch adjacent to lane to Turf Moor House, Stapleford Moor, Nr Newark. 15f, 14.7.90

In earlier versions of this page I referred to the lack of records. However, since 2008 the situation has been transformed by the work of Trevor and Dilys Pendleton, who have investigated several sites, notably at Clipstone Old Quarter, Sherwood Heath and Clumber Park. Find out more at
There are many more sites known in Derbyshire, both on disused railways and in the Peak District, notably around Dovedale, and a survey of these is being coordinated within this survey by Dr Nick Moyes, Assistant Curator of Natural History, Museums and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS.
  The apparent lack of recent sites does not necessarily mean that there are none to be seen. It would be worth searching any disused railway lines and areas of open land which have not been recently cultivated, to try to extend the list. - Robin Scagell.
  Before the 1990s the situation was similar in Leicestershire, but efforts by the Rutland Natural History Society have changed this and they located 20 sites within a reasonable radius of Rutland in one year alone, including one with 450 glowing females! Sites 186, 178, 185, 179 and 191 on the list above are due to them. They too are participating in the survey: contact Graham and Linda Worrall, 6 Redland Close, Barrowden, Rutland LE15 8ES if you are interested.