Microscolex phosphoreus

After the recent release of David Attenborough’s Life That Glows which featured the bioluminescent earthworm found in the Loire Valley, France, you may well ask whether any of the 31 earthworm species found in the UK and Ireland have this seemingly preternatural ability. Well yes! Indeed there is a species in the UK that emits a greenish glow when disturbed.

 

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An earthworm curled up in the soil

An earthworm curled up in the soil

Firstly a big thank you to our survey participants. You have now entered over 100 results into the Earthworm Watch website but we need lots more! Summer is fast approaching, and the weather is getting hotter and dryer. We have extended the survey into June, and need your help to complete your survey before earthworms become less active.

So where do earthworms go in the summer?

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Meet the team

Meet the team - Victoria Burton

I have always been interested in the natural world, spending my school summer holidays recording the biodiversity of a local woodland and conducting live mammal trapping and tadpole rearing projects. I completed a BSc in Natural Sciences with the Open University in 2011, having graduated I decided to do MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Imperial College London.

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Earthworm Watch scientist Victoria Burton presenting at NHM Nature Live

Earthworm Watch scientist Victoria Burton presenting at NHM Nature Live

On Sunday I presented my Earthworm Watch at two Nature Live events at the Natural History Museum. Nature Live events are hosted in the Attenborough Studio and are a chance for members of the public to meet scientists and discover the research that goes on behind the scenes at the Museum.

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Spring

Over the last several months we’ve been busy getting everything ready for the launch of Earthworm Watch. From filming our instruction video in the Natural History Museum garden, to testing and refining the methods for Earthworm Watch with our colleagues, friends and family. We are delighted to now launch this new project and - with your help - start collecting the first earthworm and soil data from gardens and green spaces around the country.

 

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

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