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.

Learn To Love Earthworms

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FSC Bishops Wood (Worcestershire)

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Learn about the ecology, diversity, behaviour and biology of these subterranean ecosystem engineers at FSC Bishops Wood in Worcestershire. This 1-day course is ideal for beginners and includes an earthworm field session.

Earthworm ID with Microscopes

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FSC Bishops Wood (Worcestershire)

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Learn how which morphological features are used to identify British earthworms to species using microscopes, our specimen training collection, the Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland - all under the supervision of one of our specialist tutors in Worcestershire.

Earthworm ID Weekend

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Chester Zoo Nature Reserve and World Museum (Liverpool)

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This weekend course will provide an introduction to earthworms as a group, their natural history, how to collect them and how to identify them to species level using microscopes. The course will be a mixture of classroom sessions and lab practicals (World Museum) and fieldwork (Chester Zoo Nature Reserve).

Learn To Love Earthworms

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (London)

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Learn about the ecology, diversity, behaviour and biology of these subterranean ecosystem engineers at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in London. This 1-day course is ideal for beginners and includes an earthworm field session.

Earthworm ID with Microscopes

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FSC London: Bushy Park (London)

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Learn how which morphological features are used to identify British earthworms to species using microscopes, our specimen training collection, the Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland - all under the supervision of one of our specialist tutors in London.

Identifying & Recording Earthworms

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FSC Preston Montford (Shopshire)

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Bookings open Jan 2022
This residential course incorporates everything you need to know to be able to accurately identify and record earthworms to species. It will consist of a range of classroom, lab and field activities at the FSC Preston Montford Field Centre in Shropshire.

Discovering Earthworms

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Virtual

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If you’re interested in finding out more about earthworms but don’t know where to start, then this online training course is the course for you. Discovering Earthworms is a very gentle introduction to these ecologically important underground animals, covering earthworm biology, ecology, behaviour and diversity over 4 weeks.