Earthworms are big-hearted creatures whose value to our world cannot and should not be over-looked. Earthworms are well-suited for crawling through the surface undergrowth or within the moist, layered soils beneath our feet, but how do they go about finding a partner to share their earthen world with and reproduce?

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Victoria pictured (left) looking at a sample for earthworms and the BES award highlighted (right) (along with Dr. Ali Birkett and Nick Loughlin).

Our very own Victoria Burton, PhD researcher at The Natural History Museum and lead scientist for Earthworm Watch recently received the British Ecological Society (BES) Public Engagement Award (along with Dr. Ali Birkett and Nick Loughlin) at their annual conference.

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Dr. Alan Jones, Research Manager, Earthwatch undertaking field research at Whytham Woods

Earthworm Watch was developed by Earthwatch, The Natural History Museum and the Earthworm Society of Britain to better understand the diversity and ecosystem benefits of earthworms. Earthworms recycle decaying organic material to improve soil fertility, they aerate the soil to create space for air and water through their burrowing actions which can prevent flooding and store carbon in fragments in the soil.

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Blackbird, Turdus merula with a beak filled with earthworms

When I was young, I became slightly obsessed with learning about birds, such that I created lists in a small notebook of those that visited my garden or parks near where I lived.

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Keiron confirming an earthworm identification

Earthworm Watch is a collaboration between Earthwatch, The Natural History Museum and the Earthworm Society of Britain. The Earthworm Society (ESB) is a voluntary organization that plays an important part in supporting scientific research to improve the conservation of earthworms and their habitats and educates and inspires people to take action to help earthworms.

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Earthworm Watch is a collaboration between Earthwatch Institute (Europe) and the Natural History Museum in London

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