At a glance
Categorise earthworms and soil types.
Type of activity: Outdoors
Who can take part? Everyone
This project is now complete
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.
- Victoria Burton, PhD student
- Prof Andy Purvis, Research Leader
- Dr Paul Eggleton, Merit Researcher, Entomology
- Lucy Robinson, Citizen Science Programme Manager
- Dr Jenny Cousins (Earthwatch Institute)
- Dr Alan Jones (Earthwatch Institute)
Find out more about the project on the Earthworm Watch website.
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