Worm Charming in action and examples of marine worms

The Earthworm Watch team has been working with leading worm experts to showcase an event to celebrate the worms of the world on Saturday 17th June (11am - 4pm) at the world-class Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd - National Museum Cardiff alongside the Open Air Laboratories (who also run a soil and earthworm survey).This also coincides with the National Museum Cardiff’s highly successful

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Devil's Coach Horse beetle attacking an earthworm

Devil's Coach Horse beetle attacking an earthworm. Credit: sarefo - CC BY-SA 3.0 via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=716296

Earthworms are food for many animals, most people will have seen a bird tugging an earthworm from the ground, or even gulls drumming their feet to bring earthworms up to the surface. Earthworms are also a major food source for moles, badgers, hedgehogs and foxes but there are many smaller animals that feed on earthworms.

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Giant Palouse Earthworm Driloleirus americanus

Giant Palouse Earthworm Driloleirus americanus Credit: Chris Baugher CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Today is Endangered Species Day, which aims to make people aware about endangered species, why they are threatened and how they can be helped. An endangered species is one where its population is especially low, when the last have gone it is classed as extinct. Around the internet today there will be lots of articles on familiar endangered animals such as elephants, rhinos and tigers, but lots of smaller animals, including some earthworms, are also endangered.

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Celebrating a legacy of discovery, Lyme Regis once again welcomed visitors to its annual Lyme Regis Fossil Festival; where patrons old and new got the chance to get their hands dirty in the name of earth science!

Dishing the dirt on the day was the Earthworm Watch station; a stop that let visitors touch the invertebrates and learn about their role in the soil.

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Thanks to those of you who have signed up and supported Earthworm Watch so far this season. The next few weeks of Spring are an excellent time to find earthworms in your gardens, allotments and green spaces. If you have received your survey pack, but have yet to dig for earthworms and submit your records, please get involved.

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About Us

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

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