Learn To Love Earthworms

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An exclusive subsidised course for 18-25 year olds!

Known as the gardener’s best friend, it is widely recognised that earthworms are important creatures. Earthworms are involved in the breakdown of waste animal and plant material and help keep soils fertile and rich.

If you’re interested in finding out more about beetles but don’t feel ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this is the course for you. Learn To Love Earthworms is a very gentle introduction to one of our planets most important animals, introducing aspects of their biology, ecology and behaviour.

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This course combines the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities led by one of our bee tutors to give individuals the skills and confidence to learn more about the lives and ecological roles of earthworms.

  • Certificate upon course completion.
  • Endorsed by the Earthworm Society of Britain.
  • Please email biolinks@field-studies-council.org if you have any questions.
  • Please note that this course is NOT a species identification course and will only go as far as categorising British earthworms into four ecological categories.

What will be covered during this course?

  • Come and learn about the different ecological types of British earthworms and their natural history.
  • Listen to some fascinating facts about the worldwide diversity of earthworms.
  • Learn why earthworms are so important to both man and nature.
  • Observe earthworms in their natural environment.

See the ‘Example Timetable’, ‘What’s Included’ and ‘Before You Attend’ sections on the Field Studies Council website for more information about this course.

 

Tutor: Keiron Brown

Keiron Derek Brown first became interested in invertebrates during a field-based entomology module at university and went on to volunteer on soil biodiversity research projects at the Natural History Museum (London). This included sorting samples of invertebrates to order level and sampling invertebrates across the New Forest in Hampshire and the Malaysian rainforests of Borneo.

Keiron now manages the FSC BioLinks project, with the aim of inspiring amateur naturalists to take up the identification and recording of invertebrate groups that are often forgotten and rarely recorded. He teaches our Discovering iRecord and earthworm courses. In his spare time, he is an active member, and trustee, of the London Natural History Society and is the national recorder for earthworms (running the National Earthworm Recording Scheme on behalf of the Earthworm Society of Britain).

Location

FSC London: Beckenham Place Park

Cost

£10 (Subsidised by the Generation Green project for young people aged 18-25 living in England only)

Start

End

Event type

Ecology course

Event level

Introductory