ESB Earthworm Identification Weekends are two-day courses suitable for beginners and more experienced recorders alike, involving a sampling day in the field with an identification workshop the following day. These workshops provide participants with the knowledge and skills they will need to sample, identify and record British earthworms, provide support/verification for existing earthworm recorders and generate new earthworm records/species lists for previously unrecorded sites.
Day 1 will be field based and involve sampling a range of sites and habitats. Experienced recorders will be on hand to provide training and guidance to anyone new to earthworm recording. The aim of the day is to introduce the method for sampling for the National Earthworm Recording Scheme. Please note that the sampling day will require a reasonable level of fitness and these courses involve the collection and preservation of specimens.
Day 2 will involve a lab-based identification course led by ESB tutors and is suitable for those with no experience or those that want to identify earthworms. Attendees are welcome to bring earthworms from their own gardens or other places and we will happily help with identification.
Our 2017 Earthworm Identification weekend courses are delivered in partnership with the FSC Tomorrow's Biodiversity Project. Please note that the course fee does not include accommodation or food. Accommodation at FSC Castle Head may be available to attendees at a discounted rate of £40 on the Saturday evening (including an evening meal and breakfast). Contact FSC Castle Head directly to arrange this if required (015395 36662 & firstname.lastname@example.org).