When we arrived we waited for darkness to fall by admiring the view, drinking hot chocolate and climbing a few trees.
|The view at dusk|
|Best climbing tree on Brush Hill|
|The hot chocolate went down very well|
|The rain earlier in the day had brought the slugs out|
|What's hiding in there then?|
The lights below us were standing out in the darkness, so the time was about right to start looking for tiny green specks of light in the grass.
It took a while, but eventually we were thrilled to find 2 glowworms. You really have to hunt for them, as the glow is tiny and hidden down in the grass.
Glow worms are beetles from the firefly family and it's only the female that produces the green light, from the last few segments of her abdomen. She's completely wingless, so glows to attract the smaller, winged males. She spends two years as a larvae eating slugs and snails, then pupates in a burrow in the ground emerging in June or July. She climbs out of the burrow, glows, mates then crawls back into the burrow to lay her eggs. She dies soon afterwards and is only an adult glow worm for about a week.
We were careful to put them back where we found them, so they could find their burrows again and decided to go home. By now it was 10.30 pm and it was very dark!
The walk back through the woods was 'brisk' as we could hear the trees creaking in the wind and we could feel the eyes watching us. It was a bit scary! Something screeched at us from a tree above us and we could feel the monsters getting closer ...
|There were definitely monsters out there!|