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.


Victoria Burton

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.


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!

Earthworm Recorder's Handbook

Earthworm Recorder's Handbook

The NERS Earthworm Recorder's Handbook was produced by the Earthworm Society of Britain to support existing and new earthworm recorders.

The handbook combines previous ESB guidance with new content and covers topics such as earthworm sampling techniques, earthworm preservation, recording earthworms and identifying earthworms.

This publication is currently available as a free-to-download resource as the ESB plans to update the document on a regular basis.

*The current version available for download was last updated on 27 September 2019.