The ESB is committed to delivering training to potential earthworm recording through the delivery of regular training courses. Training courses may be run in partnership with other organisations and, as a result, prices may vary. The following types of training course/event may be delivered by ESB tutors on behalf of the society according to the Soil Invertebrate ID Training Pathway that we developed with the FSC BioLinks project. In addition this training pathway has been approved by the British Myriapod & Isopod Group, British Arachnological Society and the Collembola Recording Scheme.
Below is the Earthworm ID Training Pathway that has been extracted from this.
Introductory Level Events/Courses
Earthworm talks - presentations to natural history groups, the general public and children. We have previously given talks on behalf of Kingston Biodiversity Network, Richmond Park, the Wildlife Trust for Berks, Bucks & Oxon and The Holland Park Ecology Centre. Check out the upcoming events section above for details of any scheduled earthworm talks. For upcoming earthworm talks, check out the upcoming events.
Learn To Love Earthworms - These one day beginners' courses will take you through the biology and ecology of these fascinating ecosystem engineers, and explain why all earthworms are not the same. Participants will undertake an outdoor earthworm field activity in the afternoon. The ESB usually delivers these events in partnership with other organisations and is currently planning a host of these courses with the FSC BioLinks project during 2018-2022. For upcoming Learn To Love Earthworms courses, check out the upcoming events.
Beginner Level Events/Courses
Earthworm Field Recorder Days - These one day field sampling events involve undertaking earthworm sampling methods to collect specimens from a site for identification at a later date. Field Recorder Days may be run in partnership with other recording schemes and incorporate a wider taxa than just earthworms (such as our Soil Invertebrate Field Recorder Day in bushy Park during 2018 that was run in partnership with the British Myriapod & Isopod Group and the fSC BioLinks project). These events involve the collection, killing and preservation of specimens for the purpose of biological recording. For upcoming Earthworm Field Recorder Days, check out the upcoming events.
Intermediate Level Events/Courses
Identifying & Recording Earthworms - These weekend residential courses start on Friday evening with an introduction to earthworms, their ecology and their importance in the modern world. During the weekend participants will engage in practical field sampling methods and be taught how to identify British earthworms using microscopes and identification keys. The course will end on Sunday afternoon with guidance on submitting records to the National Earthworm Recording Scheme. This course combines all of the content from our Learn To Love Earthworms course, Earthworm Field Recorder Day and Earthworm ID with Microscopes course. For upcoming Identifying & Recording Earthworms training courses, check out the upcoming events.
Earthworm ID Weekends - These training courses comprise of the Earthworm Field Recorder Day and Earthworm ID with Microscopes course packaged up into a 2-day training course, providing all of the training needed to become a qualified earthworm recorder. For upcoming Earthworm Identification weekends, check out the upcoming events.
Earthworm ID with Microscopes - These one day identification courses are entirely lab-based practical courses teaching participants how to identify earthworm specimens using microscopes and identification keys. The ESB usually delivers these events in partnership with other organisations and is currently planning a host of these courses with the FSC BioLinks project during 2018-2022. For up-coming one-day identification workshops, check out the upcoming events.
Earthworm Key Testing Workshops - During 2016-2017 we run these one day identification workshops to help test and inform the second edition of the 'Key to the Earthworms of the UK & Ireland' by Emma Sherlock (due to be published in spring 2018). Find out more information in the Earthworm Key Testing Workshop news article.
Advanced Level Events/Courses
Advanced Earthworm Identification - This course is currently in progress and will involve earthworm dissection techniques and identifying non-British earthworm species found in artificial environments (such as greenhouses). Coming soon!
Want us to join your event?
If you would like to discuss the ESB attending your nature event, group meeting, schools natural history lesson or finding out more about the identification courses available please email ESBenquiries@gmail.com. We would be delighted to hear from you.