Darwin's Earthworms

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“It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world” is a quote from Darwin about earthworms. Although famous for other scientific endeavors Darwin realised the importance of earthworms as ecosystem engineers and wrote an entire book about them. This talk will cover the history of earthworm research and look at some of the experiments that Darwin did with earthworms.

Exploring Earthworm Ecology

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The UK is home to 29 different species of earthworm, and these come in a variety of colours and sizes. Different earthworms can be found in different habitats, with British earthworms breaking down into 4 broad ecological groupings. Keiron (FSC BioLinks Project Manager) will discuss how to recognise the four ‘ecotypes’ by observing the behaviour, size and colour of an earthworm, as well as introducing some of the lesser known specialist earthworms that you can find in unusual places.