Earthworms - the world's most important organisms?

Photo of an earthworm on a path surface

Watlington Environment Group talk, Friday 23rd February at 8pm in Watlington Town Hall.

Come along to learn more and be inspired by Dan Carpenter's engaging introduction to earthworms, their value and conservation.

The familiarity of the 'humble' earthworm, a creature that even the youngest schoolchild can probably draw, conceals a fascinating and sometimes bizarre biology. And only now is their irreplaceable contribution to soil health, and the part they play in long-term geological processes, coming to be realised.

In this talk, Dan Carpenter, former Training Officer with The Earthworm Society of Britain (and now Projects Officer at Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre) will provide insights into the biology of the 25+ species of native earthworm in the UK, and discuss the threat posed by a few recent undesirable alien arrivals. He will also reveal how healthy ecosystems depend on having a thriving population of earthworms, and how land management practices can facilitate or hamper this.

Admission free to members, £2.50 for non-members. Or join for the whole of 2018 for only £7.50.

On behalf of Mike Chadwick,

Watlington Environment Group

Posted: February 12, 2018