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Individual study: Response of glow-worms Lampyris noctiluca to coppicing in Essex, England

Published source details

Gardiner T. (2015) Response of glow-worms Lampyris noctiluca to coppicing in Essex, England. Conservation Evidence, 12, 43-43

Summary

A small area of ancient woodland in Essex, England was coppiced. Glow-worms Lampyris noctiluca were observed in the cut area in the first four seasons after winter coppicing, whereas significantly lower numbers were recorded in an uncut control. The highest abundance was observed in the second season after coppicing, only for numbers to decline as the area became overgrown with bramble Rubus fruticosus and shading from the maturing canopy occurred. Coppicing may promote the conservation of glow-worms in ancient woodland.