As strange topic for the SOTA Reflector you may think. And so would I but bear with me.
On activating GM/SS-178 on the 24th Feb I noticed that any part of my equipment that was sitting on the wet ground was infested with small white worms. These wriggling creatures where about 1mm in diameter and about 10mm in length.
Now in reading Neil 2M0NCM’s route info (see GM/SS-178 Summit Info) before planning my own route I noted he had mentioned he had come across these little creatures. Thus I was alerted to them, otherwise I think I would have considered them as just strands of moss - but this moss moved.
Having never come across this scenario before I thought it specific to SS-178. That was until I was activating GM/SS-081 & SS-103 on Monday (5th) this week. The same thing on both sites.
It appears that the worms reside mainly in the wetter mossy areas, as I kept the battery pack and FT817 case on top of dry grass, without any infestation, but the plastic mat I was sitting on, on turning it over was infested.
Has anybody else come across this scene on the hills?
Would I be right in thinking they are some form of animal parasite like Lungworm (infecting sheep & deer)?
And why haven’t I seen this in over 40 years of hill wandering. Is there a potential epidemic of these things or haven’t I been looking hard enough?
Thanks for ‘hanging’ in there on this diverse topic.