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.

Excellent Earthworms Project

Earthworm sampling
We’ve teamed up with the Mission: Invertebrate and FSC BioLinks projects to take a closer look at the impact of various factors on earthworm populations. Find out more about the Excellent Earthworms project, including how you can get involved in helping us survey and identify earthworms to investigate the impacts of path erosion, road pollution and using fences to protect veteran trees from soil compaction.

Author

Keiron Derek Brown & Alice Evans

Discovering Earthworms

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Virtual

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For a wriggling and slimy invertebrate, earthworms have a good reputation. Most people recognise that earthworms are important, but few understand the true power of these ecosystem engineers or even that not all earthworms are the same.

Can You Use Earthworms to Indicate Healthy Soil? Distribution & Sampling

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Virtual

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The humble earthworm is valued by farmers and gardeners alike for its contribution to healthy soils.

If you dig two holes in a field, you can find earthworms in the soil from one hole but not the other. What controls the distribution of earthworms has remained a poorly understood question since the time of Darwin.

In this talk, we’ll discuss whether finding earthworms in soil is a good indicator of healthy soil, what factors control the presence of earthworms in soil and how many holes you have to dig to find an earthworm.

Earthworm Compost Survey

In 2011, the Earthworm Society of Britain decided to launch a survey to get a better understanding of how many compost systems have active compost earthworm populations, how these worms colonised the systems and what home composters feed their worms. The survey was re-launched in 2014 and again as part of the 'Super Composters' theme for World Earthworm Day 2020.