What could be more leisurely than a climb up Hambledon Hill in the late evening to look for Glow Worms. My friend and I decided to go up the hill around 8.30pm and wait until dark to look for these creatures on 27th July. The weather looked good and we set off up the hill enjoying the views as we went, the sun as it went down over the Blackmore Vale was beautiful.

Sunset over the Blackmore Vale
Sunset over the Blackmore Vale

But then the weather changed, we could see a heavy shower of rain towards Durweston and then a rumble of thunder, not the best place to be on an exposed hillside! The rain and thunder rattled around us over the Dorset Gap and then another shower moved across to behind Duncliffe Hill. All I had for protection from rain was two black bin bags which we made holes in for head and arms. Luckily the storms only glanced the hill the main thunderstorm was at the back of Duncliffe towards Gillingham, we saw some amazing lightning!

By this time we had moved down to a more sheltered spot and the rain had more or less gone so we decided to wait. Unfortunately in the end we only saw one Glow Worm as we decided to get back down the hill as the slopes had become very wet and slippery. Quite an adventure!

Glow Worm
Glow Worm

We decided to try it again another evening before they disappeared, we found out we were quite late in the season for spotting them but we thought we would try again. So the weather looked OK on the 30th July. So we set off a little later this time at 9.00pm, although that was the time for sunset it stays fairly light for quite some time.

View across to Iwerne Minster from Hambledon Hill
View across to Iwerne Minster from Hambledon Hill

No major excitement this time, we just had to wait until 10pm for the Glow Worms to start showing. Well we managed to see three in the end, again hoping to see more but it was an enjoyable evening . I took a picture of a Glow Worm with Flash pointing away from the creature. I must admit when you see them they are not so attractive as just seeing the green light glowing, of course they are beetles and not worms.

Glow Worm
Glow Worm

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