“ My Children and I love exploring the garden together and learning about nature.

The perfect opportunity for us to get actively involved in a science project,

spend time together, and enjoy being outdoors. We had so much fun! ”

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Get your family digging into awesome
earthworm science

Do you and your children love spending time outdoors? Do you like exploring your garden or local park and discovering the wildlife that lives there? Would you like to engage your children in an outdoor science activity?

Earthworm watch is a national citizen science project that enables you and your family to discover the hidden creatures in your garden and contribute 'to a real scientific research project'.

Hands-on Science

If you home school your children or want to support their learning outside the classroom, Earthworm Watch helps children to develop hands-on science skills linked to the National Curriculum.

Real Educational Science

As a family activity you will be gathering data that will help scientists answer important research questions around earthworm abundance, diversity and soil productivity.

Family Fun Outdoors

It’s great fun digging around in the soil and discovering the amazing creatures that live there. It’s an easy activity for all ages, and an ideal opportunity to get the children away from their technology.




Earthworm Watch is easy and fun to conduct and more importantly, is real science!

Earthworms may appear to lack the beauty of more familiar garden wildlife such as birds and butterflies, but their contribution to a healthy garden is significant. They support the growth of garden plants and vegetables, and they are an important source of food for creatures such as hedgehogs, foxes, moles, many birds and amphibians.

So if you want to understand more about earthworms and help wildlife too, get face to head (or tail!) with earthworms in your local green spaces and take part in Earthworm Watch! Register and request your free survey pack.

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Useful Information

Who can take part?

Everyone, but method is best suited for children of 7+ years.

How to get involved?

Once registered, order a pack or download the Earthworm instruction booklet and Soil Chart

How long does it take?

1 hour to complete and upload your results here.



About Us

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

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