Cycle path lights switch-off ‘so glow worms can mate’

A STRETCH of a new £125,000 lighting scheme on a popular cycle path will be switched off for five months of the year – so glow worms can mate.

The new LED streetlights have just been erected at Mangotsfield Station on the busy Bristol to Bath route for cyclists.

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But they could outshine the female insects’ distinctive green glow and wreck their chances of being spotted by males during the mating season.

The lights will now be turned off between May and September to ensure that the glowworms a chance of breeding.

Conservationists have previously warned that male glow worms are notoriously attracted to artificial lights, prompting concerns over the chance for the insects to breed.