Earthworm Watch was able to attend the Bristol Festival of Nature thanks to a grant from the British Ecological Society. I was fortunate to be the first beneficiary of the Regional Funding Scheme which provides support for researchers to undertake public engagement activities.
After the recent release of David Attenborough’s Life That Glows which featured the bioluminescent earthworm found in the Loire Valley, France, you may well ask whether any of the 31 earthworm species found in the UK and Ireland have this seemingly preternatural ability. Well yes! Indeed there is a species in the UK that emits a greenish glow when disturbed.
Firstly a big thank you to our survey participants. You have now entered over 100 results into the Earthworm Watch website but we need lots more! Summer is fast approaching, and the weather is getting hotter and dryer. We have extended the survey into June, and need your help to complete your survey before earthworms become less active.
I have always been interested in the natural world, spending my school summer holidays recording the biodiversity of a local woodland and conducting live mammal trapping and tadpole rearing projects. I completed a BSc in Natural Sciences with the Open University in 2011, having graduated I decided to do MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Imperial College London.
On Sunday I presented my Earthworm Watch at two Nature Live events at the Natural History Museum. Nature Live events are hosted in the Attenborough Studio and are a chance for members of the public to meet scientists and discover the research that goes on behind the scenes at the Museum.