Allan Archer set up talk: Wildlife in 2000 to raise awareness about conservation projects that he felt were not as well-known as they should be. Fast forward to 2020, and Allan is releasing regular interviews with biodiversity experts from the UK and beyond. Allan caught up with Keiron Brown (Recording Officer for the Earthworm Society of Britain) and they chatted about many aspects of earthworm biology, ecology and diversity.
A new iRecord form has been developed by the Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB) to facilitate the recording of Soil Pit Survey data. This will enable the ESB to collect both earthworm species records and transect level data on abundance for soil pit surveying going forward.
This year the Earthworm Society of Britain hosted our first ever Virtual AGM - and it was a great success. We had the best attendance we've ever had at an AGM with 37 attendees! The meeting minutes, Ask Us Anything write up, recording of the 'Earthworms in Gardens' talk by Emma Sherlock and update on our SuperComposters UK Virtual Meetup are all now available...
Only 2 of the earthworm species known to occur in the UK have not been recorded in gardens! Emma Sherlock, Chair of the Earthworm Society of Britain addresses the ESB members about the earthworms that are found in gardens and what you can do to encourage a thriving and diverse earthworm population in your own little patch of greenspace....
In reality, earthworm ecological groups (or 'ecotypes') are a bit more complex than the four categories that are commonly assigned. Keiron Derek Brown delves into the earthworm ecotypes in more detail in this FSC Virtual Meetup.
Kerry Calloway discusses Charles Darwin's earthworm research in this FSC Virtual Meetup. FSC Virtual Meetups are short natural history webinars, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from either an FSC BioLinks team member or a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session.
OCR, the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA examinations board, has launched a consultation in response to the call for developing a GCSE in Natural History.
The Earthworm Society of Britain is a proud member of the National Biodiversity Network and data provider to the NBN Atlas. Nominations have opened for the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording 2020, so why not nominate a person or recording group that you find inspirational. Categories include recognising the work of young people and newcomers.
The Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB) is proud to report two new scientific papers that have referenced our datasets in 2020. Links to both of the scientific papers are included in the titles for those that wish to learn more about these studies. What will our data be used for next?
It's official... this year's theme for World Earthworm Day will be Super Composters! Get ready for a day celebrating how earthworms deal with both man and nature's waste, including tips and guidance for composters and gardeners.