Fresh from charming earthworms at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes this weekend, members of the Earthworm Watch team will be delivering earthworm activities for families at the historic Oxford University Botanic Gardens and Harcourt Arboretum. This will involve some demonstrations of the Earthworm Watch survey for family visitors and the chance to take part in craft activities, explore the autumn wildlife and catch a glimpse of mini-beasts found in soil and leaf litter.

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WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes

What do you know about the humble earthworm? Discover how and why human beings and the wildlife we love depend upon earthworms as Earthworm Watch comes to WWT London Wetland Centre for the very first time on Saturday 22nd October 2016. To celebrate World Earthworm Day, join scientists from the Natural History Museum and Earthwatch Institute to discover more about earthworms and Earthworm Watch.

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Earthworm Watch display at Science Uncovered

Earthworm Watch display at Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, London

Science Uncovered is part of European Researchers' Night, and is a free annual festival of science held at various institutions across the UK giving the public the opporunity to discover rare items from the Museum collections, meet experts and take part in interactive science stations, debates and behind-the-scenes tours. This is the fourth Science Uncovered I have attended but the first where I have talked solely about Earthworm Watch and earthworm research.

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Anthony talking to visitors on the Science Bar at the Manchester ‘Science Uncovered’

Anthony talking to visitors on the Science Bar at the Manchester ‘Science Uncovered’

I’m Anthony, I’m the Community Engagement Coordinator for Earthwatch Institute and I was delighted to attend ‘Science Uncovered’ for the first time at Manchester University Museum to promote ‘Earthworm Watch’ to A Level students, families and adults. Having previously been involved with ‘Science Uncovered’ or European Researcher’s Night as it is otherwise known at the The Natural History Museum as a Science Educator it was brilliant to be involved.

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Compost worms Eisenia fetida showing yellow tails filled with waste

Compost worms Eisenia fetida showing yellow tails filled with waste

By far the most common question I am asked at outreach events is “is it true if you cut a worm in half you get two worms?” and during the Earthworm Watch feedback survey I was asked: “Do all worm species survive to be two when cut in half?”

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

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