World Earthworm Day 2019

World Earthworm Day 2019
World Earthworm Day 2019 will take place on Monday 21st October 2019. #WorldWormDay is all about celebrating why #EarthwormsAreImportant Download our World Earthworm Day social media story and banner images to use on your social media...

Welcome to the ESB!

The Earthworm Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (ESB) aims to promote and support scientific research so that earthworms and their environment can be better understood. Through its work the society aims to encourage the conservation of earthworms and their habitats and to educate and inspire people so that these fascinating creatures may continue to be enjoyed in the future.

Earthworm Watch - The Results

Photo Credit: Earthwatch Europe, John Hunt
Victoria Burton discusses the results of the Earthworm Watch citizen science survey: My mum remembers me playing with earthworms as a child and one of my earliest memories is walking on dewy grass watching earthworms stretching out across the ground! However my scientific interest started when I did my MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London.

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Victoria Burton

Soil Invertebrate ID Training Pathway

Soil Invertebrate ID Training Pathway

The Earthworm Society of Britain has been working with the FSC BioLinks project to produce a Soil Invertebrate ID Training Pathway, which will form part of the upcoming FSC BioLinks 'Invertebrate ID Training Plan'. In addition this training pathway has been approved by the British Myriapod & Isopod Group, British Arachnological Society and the Collembola Recording Scheme.

Photographing Earthworm Specimens

Two whole earthworms

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.

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Keiron Brown

Go Wild For Worms

Go Wild For Worms

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!