Glow worm sites in and around Staffordshire

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.

Cheddleton, lane verge nr. station (SJ 983520), fairly numerous, c. 1962-1968.

Bridgnorth, along disused railway line, (SO 720941), many June 1967, fewer June 1968, also reportedly seen when line was in use.

B. Sites reported to Robin Scagell
Site  Map    Location and details if any: f = (glowing) females, m = males
No    Ref
518 SJ1562   Moel Fammau, between iron gate and monument, 1968
152 SJ178553 Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Mold, Clwyd 8f 1991
555 SJ2338   Road over hill, east of Berwyn, to Llangollen. 1 larva Nov 37
598 SJ250418 Shropshire Union Canal, along towpath for some distance, 1954-7.
244 SJ302119 200 (yds?) W of former Middletown station, 2f 1991
558 SJ556596 Beside Shropshire Union Canal.
151 SJ572574 Bunbury, Cheshire 54f 1991
005 SJ598593 Bunbury, Cheshire 7f 1991
149 SJ873219 old rly, Haughton, Stafford 30f 1991
229 SJ9363   Rudyard Lake. On Staffs Way. Last 8 yrs, declining.
558 SK136549 Milldale - from 5 to 200 each year
528 SK155852 Stream on Loose Hill, 1972

The glow-worm list for Staffordshire is very poor - only one definite recent record that I know of, though local sources may be able to provide more. I have included a few sites from farther afield, though in Derbyshire there are many more on the limestone areas, particularly around Dovedale. A search of the limestone areas in Staffordshire may well yield new sites, but bear in mind that glow worms are not confined to limestone, as on the Cheshire sites. Disused railways and canal banks seem to be good hunting ground, too. - Robin Scagell