Join like-minded people with an interest in recording wildlife observations for a day surveying earthworms. The specimens collected will help us to build up a a library of images for the Earthworm Image Recognition Project and generate earthworm species list for the site. All records will be added to the National Earthworm Recording Scheme database. Sampling earthworms involves conducting microhabitat searches and hand-sorting soil pit samples to collect specimens for identification by our trained earthworm recorders at a later date.
Participants will also be asked to take photographs of the earthworms that they collect and submit these to the Earthworm Image Recognition Project - an exciting collaboration with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to create and test an app that will attempt to identify earthworms using AI.
What will the day involve?
- Practical experience using a variety of methods to survey and sample earthworms.
- Practical experience in collecting and preserving earthworm specimens.
- Contributing to an innovative project involving smartphone photography and AI.
- A chance to meet fellow like-minded people from a range of different disciplines.
Please note that this event will involve individuals collecting, preserving and killing earthworm specimens for identification purposes.
Earthworm Specialist: Keiron Derek Brown
Keiron has been running the National Earthworm Recording Scheme since it was launched in 2014. He has run over 100 earthworm training courses and events since 20214, covering a wide range of subjects including biology, ecology, surveying, identification and recording. He is currently authoring a Provisional Earthworm Conservation Status Assessment for the UK on behalf of Natural England.
Recording the UK's earthworms
All records generated through this event will be submitted to iRecord in order to share our findings with the site managers, the Local Environmental Record Centre and the National Earthworm Recording Scheme.
The photos generated will be shared with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and used to train an image recognition AI to assist farmers with earthworm identification.
Kensington Gardens (London)
Kensington Gardens is one of London's eight Royal Parks covering an area of 265 acres of old and new park pastimes and green space.
This event is delivered by the Biological Recording Company and The Royal Parks, and is supported by the Earthworm Society of Britain and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology as part of the Earthworm Image Recognition project.