Welcome to the ESB!

The Earthworm Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (ESB) aims to promote and support scientific research so that earthworms and their environment can be better understood. Through its work the society aims to encourage the conservation of earthworms and their habitats and to educate and inspire people so that these fascinating creatures may continue to be enjoyed in the future.

FSC BioLinks project announced

The Field Studies Council have secured a £1.23 million The National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund invertebrate identification training and recording events across the West Midlands and South East England.

The project will include training courses covering beetles, true flies, aculeate hymentoptera, molluscs, freshwater invertebrates, true bugs, arachnids and (most importantly) soil invertebrates.

National Earthworm Recording Scheme Report 2016

NERS total records 2016

The records submitted to the National Earthworm Recording Scheme during 2016 have been processed and we bring you this report to show you what these records are starting to tell us. All of the records covered by this report are available to download from the NBN Gateway (just search for Earthworm Society of Britain).

2016 was a great year for the ESB and this report summarises our progress regarding:

Earthworm Society of Britain AGM 2017


Natural History Museum (London)


ESB Logo 2017

The Earthworm Society of Britain AGM will be held this year at the Natural History Museum (London) in the Angela Marmont Centre.

The AGM will include reports on the activities and the successes of the society over the past 18 months and election of the ESB trustees, as well as talks from two fantastic speakers:

Earthworm Ecology


Loggerheads Country Park, Loggerheads, Mold, CH7 SLH


North Wales Wildlife Trust logo

Few people realise that Great Britain is home to 29 species of earthworm. This one day beginners' course will take you through the biology and ecology of these fascinating ecosystem engineers, and explain why all earthworms are not the same. Participants will be introduced to the different sampling methods for recording earthworms. The Earthworm Ecology course acts as a a great introduction to anyone who is planning on attending our two-day Earthworm Identification Weekend course.

Darwin's Garden Earthworm Identification Weekend


Darwin's Garden and Preston Montford Field Centre (Shropshire)


Field Studies Council logo

This two day non-residential event is a great way to get into earthworm recording. If you have some experience of recording earthworms, this event is an ideal opportunity to hone your skills and spend time with like-minded people finding out more about Shropshire's earthworms.

Earthworm Identification Workshop (London)


Natural History Museum


London Natural History Society

There are 29 species of earthworm living freely in soils in the UK. The course will begin by giving a general overview of British earthworm species and how to collect and preserve them (to accurately identify British earthworms they do need to be preserved). It will involve identifying the earthworm specimens collected during the Hampstead Heath Earthworm Survey the previous week.

Hampstead Heath Earthworm Survey


Hampstead Heath, London


London Natural History Society

This earthworm site survey will be field based and involve sampling a range of sites and habitats. Experienced recorders will be on hand to provide training and guidance to anyone new to earthworm recording. The aim of the day is to collect specimens for identification at the Earthworm Identification Workshop the following week at the Natural History Museum. The records will be used to update the Hampstead Heath Earthworm Report