Worm Hunting

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The voice has been telling me about things that live in the ground. They are called earthworms and they wriggle and squiggle, just like me, she says.

Riverford Organic are asking beans to go into their garden and look for earthworms to see how many we have in the UK and how well they are doing. They are doing this with the help of some experts from the University of Central Lancashire.

Worms live in different places: compost bins, leaf litter, top soil and in the soil far beneath our feet. There are lots of different types of earthworms that live in these different places. Here’s some of the different types:

Taken from Riverford Big Worm Dig guide. Download yours at http://www.riverfordbigwormdig.com

Taken from Riverford Big Worm Dig guide. Download yours at http://www.riverfordbigwormdig.com

Earthworms are very important for our environment because they process the soil so our food grows better, they make holes in the soil that lets water run into it and they even provide a dinner for the birds, moles, hedgehogs and other wildlife. I hope they don’t think I’m dinner too!

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The voice says she never misses an opportunity to dig around in the mud, so we took her spade dug a hole and counted the worms. Here’s how to dig your own worm hunting hole:

Taken from Riverford Big Worm Dig guide. Download yours at http://www.riverfordbigwormdig.com

Taken from Riverford Big Worm Dig guide. Download yours at http://www.riverfordbigwormdig.com

We also looked under the pots around our bay window because the voice says she knows some worms live under them.

Using the Riverford Big Worm Dig guide, we managed to identify these worms. Hold your mouse over the pictures or click on them to find out what worms, we think, they are.

We found twelve worms in total: five different types. The voice says she’s not a worm expert so if you think these worms aren’t the type she thinks they are, please let her know in the comments box below.

Now we just have one last thing to do: we have to fill in our results over on the Big Worm Dig!

We’d love to know what worms you’ve found in your garden and if you’re in the UK and would like to join in with he Big Worm Dig then you can download your guide for free, by clicking on the link below.

RIVERFORD’S BIG WORM DIG

HAPPY WORMING!


Don’t forget to share your comments and pictures with us below or on twitter (@beantweeting) or Instagram (@writerDSNelson), and let us know what’s going on in your garden this winter.

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3 thoughts on “Worm Hunting

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Oh, what a squiggly post! 🙂 I think it is important to understand as much as we can about earthworms and other creatures like them. Each one is part of the ecosystem. What’s an ecosystem? Your Voices will tell you about that soon enough.

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