Earthworm ID can be tricky. Many species show variability when it comes to their ID features, and this can make it difficult for recorders as they struggle to match their specimen with the image presented to them in their ID key. The tubercula pubertatis (TP) of one Lumbricus rubellus may look the same as the other examples of this species from the same site but appear different on specimens of the same species from a different site.
Last September I attended an earthworm research conference organised by Earthworm Research Groups from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and University of Rzeszow.
The Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB) is proud of our open data policy, allowing open access to our earthworm records with no constraints to the use of the data and ensuring records are available at the full resolution they are accepted at. But what happens to our data once we've out it out there?
On Tuesday 26th February 2019 the Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB) visited the Earthworm Research Group (ERG) at the University of Central Lancashire to explore how we can work together on future projects.
The Earthworm Society of Britain has been working with the British Myriapod and Isopod Group and FSC BioLinks project to produce a Soil Invertebrate ID Training Pathway, which will form part of the upcoming FSC BioLinks 'Invertebrate ID Training Plan'.
The Field Studies Council have updated their Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland and released the second edition of this publication. Furthermore, they are offering an earlybird offer: £7.00 instead of £9.00 if ordered online by 31 May 2018.
The Second Edition is twice as long as the First Edition and includes several new features:
This year Wild About Gardens is going wild about worms! These wriggly fellows are well known to gardeners all over. At first glance they might not seem particularly special, but they’re essential for our soils and wildlife. There are no less than 29 earthworm species in the UK and each one has an integral role in our ecosystem. It's time to take action for the worms in your garden!
The NERS Earthworm Recorder's Handbook was produced by the Earthworm Society of Britain to support existing and new earthworm recorders.
The handbook combines previous ESB guidance with new content and covers topics such as earthworm sampling techniques, earthworm preservation, recordng earthworms and identifying earthworms.
This publication is currently available as a free-to-download resource as the ESB plans to update the document on a regular basis.
*The current version available for download was last updated on 19th March 2018.