2014 was a fantastic year for the ESB.
We welcomed lots of new members, Facebook followers and earthworm recorders to the ESB family.
We have put together a summary of 2014 in numbers below for you so that you can see all the great things that we were able to achieve with the help of our supporters:
The United Nations have declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.
The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:
Today we reached 500 likes on our Facebook page!
Thank you to all of our supporters for enabling us to reach this goal.
Please check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/earthwormsoc) for earthworm news, recorder league updates, events info and even the odd bit of silly earthworm-related fun!
The Capstone Farm Country Park Earthworm Report has just been released by the Earthworm Society of Britain. It is available to download from our website via the link below and includes information regarding our findings during the sampling day of our Kent Field Meeting 2014. In total 8 sites across the park were sampled by a team of volunteer earthworm recorders. 11 different species of earthworm were recorded through soil pit sampling and searches of microhabitats ( such as dead wood, leaf litter, grass edges, wood chip and ditches).
The Earthworm Society have teamed up with the writer Sonja Copeland Bloom and the Amateur Entomologist Society and to create a book about earthworms called Eddie the Earthworm saves the day!
Earthworms in England: distribution, abundance and habitats (NECR145)
Watch our first exciting video on Worm Charming at our annual event in Lullingstone, Kent and we take you through the steps to involved in charming earthworms out the soil. The video also features information about our Recording schemes, ID courses and great activities for all the family!
Naturalist Nick Baker, presenter of Channel Five's Weird Creatures and Patron of our society brings his new show Weird Creatures Live to Dorking Hall, Surrey on Wednesday 24th October at 8pm.
In this exciting show he will be sharing his fascinating and often humorous adventures with his favourite weird creatures! From the high elevations of the Andes to observe the baggy frogs of Lake Titicaca, to the darkest, dingiest depths of Slovenias caves to meet the olm, possibly the source of the original dragon.
In 2011 we asked you to write in or fill out our online questionnaire about the earthworms. We had a great response, over 225 people told us about their compost and 209 people found earthworms in their compost!
Would you like to conduct you MSc project on earthworms?
If so, there is a fantastic opportunity now available. North Wyke Research and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust are looking for a MSc student for their project on 'the effect of agri-environment measures on earthworms'.
The project will be based at North Wyke Research at Okehampton in Devon and will use the existing Wide-scale Enhancement of Biodiversity (WEB) platform. This is a great opportunity for a student to collect data from large, fully replicated trial and to work with experts at North Wyke.