2015 was our most productive year to date! We received 3,488 new earthworm records for our database, with ESB recorders submitting 925 earthworm records (a healthy increase on the 608 records submitted by ESB recorders in 2014).
In 2011 we first ran the Earthworm Compost Survey. We had a great response, over 225 people told us about their compost and 209 people found earthworms in their compost!
We recently held two earthworm talk and dig events at Richmond Park and continued the sampling initiative we began last year. The specimens collected have all been identified and we can confirm that an additional 42 earthworm records were created.
Thank you to all of our earthworm recorders that have provided feedback regarding the National Earthworm Recording Scheme and the documents and guidance we produced last year.
Our Preston Montford Field Meeting 2015 was a huge success. The team sampled sites across Powis Castle (Powys, Wales) and FSC Preston Montford (Shropshire, England). In total 51 new earthworm records were produced and 14 new earthworm recorders were trained in the identification course.
A summary of the field meeting results is available to download on our downloads page.
The ESB are pleased to bring you a report summarising the successes of the National Earthworm Recording Scheme in 2014.
Over 2,400 earthworm records were submitted in total during 2014!
A big thank you goes out to the organisers of our 3 field meetings and all of the earthworm recorders that submitted records.
See the full report here.
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).