Glow worm records in Essex, Herts amd Suffolk

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.

Essex
Purfleet, Grays, E. and W. Tilbury, Stanford-le-Hope, plentiful c.1910.
Rayleigh (TQ 811923), 2 in garden nr. railway bank, April-May 1971 apparently uncommon.
West Mersea, in gardens August 1938.
Epping Forest, Nr. Woodford, seen in open spaces in forest, c.1935-9; suspected now disappeared

Herts
Knebworth railway embankment, 6 females July 1956, 3 females August 1960, none seen since then
Letchworth district, late April 1923 (a particularly unhelpful report this!)
Broxbourne, 1 female on footpath adjacent to hedgerow and under trees, July 1970
Broxbourne Woods (TL336084, 345079), sparse to numerous in damp grass and along rough ride between conifer plantations, early-mid July 1968, 1971-2 [Also seen 1992]
Barwick (TL388192), many at edge of woods and in rough pasture, summer 1971
Radlett, near Harper Lane, in garden next to railway embankment, 1970 and for many years previously, numbers varying
Banks of Grand Union Canal, Boxmoor, several late July 1972
Colney Street St Albans, in gardens, summer 1971
Great Wood nr Northaw June 1939
Rickmansworth, in garden from mid June to late July 1961-9, seem to have disappeared since 1970.

Suffolk
Clare, railway embankment (TL 774452), 2 larvae, August 1968.
Sudbury, May 1926.
Barnham Heath, 1 larva, April 1958.
Redgrave Fen (TM 044794), 1968
Baylham, Nr. Ipswich, 1968.
Bealings, 1 larva, April 1957
Cumpsey Ash, larvae, April, July 1961.
Blaxhall Heath, 1 larva, May 1958.
Westleton Walks, 1 larva, April 1960.
Sizewell, fair numbers 1968.
Walberswick (TM 483743), July-August 1967.
Radar site, Dunwich-Minsmere area quite common, "during the war"
Nacton, Nr. Ipswich, at least 2 by roadside, June 1971.
Great Blakenham (TM 108499), several near chalk quarry, mid-June 1973.
Little Blakenham, at house, late July 1973.
Wissett, Nr. Halesworth, several in churchyard and in cottage hedge nearby 1971-72.
Dunwich (TM 477688), at Cliff House Country Club, mid-July 1971.
Minsmere.

B. Sites reported to Robin Scagell
Site  Map    Location and details if any: f = (glowing) females
No    Ref
027 TL0020   Dunstable Downs, in hedge by London Flying Club 1f 1991
612 TL001183 Dunstable Downs, in NT meadow, 1f 30.7.90
030 TL140130 Harpenden, Herts 4f 1991
531 TL1415   Harpenden, in field by Lea: 'have been seen there'
056 TL162150 Marshall's Heath, Wheathampstead, Herts 6f 1991
208 TM451678 Dunwich, Suffolk 3f 1991
556 TM459698 Dunwich area Small nos Jul 89
209 TM460699 Dunwich Suffolk 4f 1991
240 TM464650 Between Wood Cottage and Walk Barn, Leiston 1991
562 TM476680 Dunwich Heath
555 TM476683 Dunwich area Small nos Jul 89
574 TM4862   Sizewell, path from Dower House to beach, 12f, 1929
561 TM5381   Lane from Covehithe to Wrentham, 1943
561 TM5397   Cliff edge gardens, holiday camp (Now Warners), Corton, 1929-38.
621 TQ6--9-- Thorndon Park, Brentwood - thinly scattered, about 1989
620 TQ7386   Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, recently
617 TQ793860 Hadleigh Downs, 1 at night, about 1983.
619 TQ8086   Hadleigh Castle Country Park, western end, 1991.
618 TQ810860 Hadleigh Castle, 1 crawling on ruins in daytime, about 1986.

C. Sites communicated by the County Recorder of beetles - only 10-km square map references are given:
TL70 Little Baddow 1967 (NB - also reported from a garden in 1991)
TL80 Hazeleigh Wood 1890
TL92 Layer-de-la-Haye 1983
TM02 Colchester 1903
TQ78 Pitsea, probably 1950s

Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea: Basildon 559833
Hadleigh Castle Country Park: Southend 551072.

Notes added April 2001

I have several more Essex sites to add to this list, recorded in the past five years, notably at Creeksea, Danbury and Canewden. Also look at the report published by Tim Gardiner in 2001 which contains more sites.