Earthworm Identification Training

The ESB is committed to delivering training to potential earthworm recording through the delivery of regular training courses. Training courses may be run in partnership with other organisations and, as a result, prices may vary. The following types of training course/event may be delivered by ESB tutors on behalf of the society.

Introductory Level Events/Courses

Earthworm talks - presentations to natural history groups, the general public and children. We have previously given talks on behalf of Richmond Park, the Wildlife Trust for Berks, Bucks & Oxon and The Holland Park Ecology Centre. Check out the upcoming events section above for details of any scheduled earthworm talks. For upcoming earthworm talks, check out the upcoming events.

Beginner Level Events/Courses

Earthworm Ecology courses - These one day beginners' courses will take you through the biology and ecology of these fascinating ecosystem engineers, and explain why all earthworms are not the same. Participants will be introduced to the different sampling methods for recording earthworms. For upcoming Earthworm Ecology courses, check out the upcoming events.

Annual Field Meeting & AGM - More information about the 2017 Annual Field Meeting coming soon.

Intermediate Level Events/Courses

Earthworm Identification Workshops - The ESB can provide tutors for one day earthworm identification workshops and have previously delivered these workshops on behalf of the Local Environmental Records Centres Wildlife Trusts and FSC Biodiversity Fellows Project in 2013. For up-coming one-day identification workshops, check out the upcoming events.

Earthworm Identification Weekends - The ESB run regular two day Earthworm Identification Weekends with the aim of creating new records and training new earthworm recorders, as well as providing support to existing earthworm recorders. For upcoming Earthworm Identification weekends, check out the upcoming events.

Earthworm Key Testing Workshops - We will be testing the upcoming Field Studies Council earthworm key (2nd edition) in a FREE workshops. The workshop will be lead by the author of the key, Emma Sherlock and the ESB recording officer Keiron Derek Brown. We would like a mix of abilities, so both experienced earthworm recorders and those new to earthworm identification are welcome. Find out more information in the Earthworm Key Testing Workshop news article.

Advanced Level Events/Courses

Advanced Earthworm Identification - This course is currently in progress and will involve earthworm dissection techniques and identifying non-British earthworm species found in artificial environments (such as greenhouses). Coming soon!

Want us to join your event?

If you would like to discuss the ESB attending your nature event, group meeting, schools natural history lesson or finding out more about the identification courses available please email We would be delighted to hear from you.