Earthworm Watch

At a glance

Categorise earthworms and soil types.

Type of activity: Outdoors

Who can take part? Everyone

This project is now complete

Earthworm Watch results

Data collection has now finished for the Earthworm Watch project. Thanks for everyone who contributed!

You can read about what we found out on theĀ Earthworm Watch website.

Victoria Burton, lead scientist on Earthworm Watch, thanks all contributors to the project

Contribute to research into soil health and carbon storage by measuring soil properties and recording earthworms in your garden or local green space.

Why we did the project

Soils are vitally important for supporting life on Earth. They recycle nutrients, filter water and enable us to grow crops for food. They also store large amounts of carbon in tiny fragments of dead plants, and microorganisms and animals that live within the soil. Storing carbon in soils helps to limit the dangerous effects of climate change.

Earthworms keep soils healthy - they improve its fertility and ability to store carbon by mixing in dead plant material, and their burrows increase the amount of air and water that can enter.

The Earthworm Watch project studied how human activities such as planting schemes, moving topsoil and adding fertilisers affects soils and earthworms, especially in gardens and other urban green spaces.

Project team

Find out more about the project on the Earthworm Watch website.

Resources to help you take part

Watch Earthworm Watch video instructions on how to take part (on YouTube).

In partnership with:

In association with:

The Earthworm Society of Britain

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