Nature Champions: Common Glow-worm

Image of a Common Glow-worm glowing on a blade of grass at night.

Glow-worms (Lampyris noctiluca) are actually beetles. The females are flightless and rely on using bio-luminescence to attract a mate. They have a localised distribution in Scotland where they are found in open grasslands with scrub.


Image: Lampyris noctiluca (CC BY-SA 4.0) Kristian Pikner

Action Needed

  1. Action to reduce light pollution
  2. Controls on pesticides usage
  3. Surveys to update the species map and location of populations
  4. Consideration of Glow-worms in land use planning
  5. Development of a Nature Network to increase habitat connectivity


  • Light pollution
  • Land use change (including agriculture intensification, afforestation and development)
  • Pesticide usage

MSP Nature Champion

Stephen Kerr

Member for: Central Scotland

Region: Central Scotland

Party: Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

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