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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Earthworm Ecology

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Keiron Brown
  • Date: Saturday 22 April 2017
  • Times: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Level: Beginners
  • Age Range: Adult

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Course Details

A course aimed at beginners and assuming no previous knowledge of earthworms and includes an introduction to earthworms, with a focus on British species and their ecology. The course acts as a precursor to Earthworm Society of Britain identification workshops and will include a session looking at earthworms in the field.

Few people realise that Great Britain is home to 29 species of earthworm. This beginners' course will take you through the biology and ecology of these fascinating ecosystem engineers, and explain why all earthworms are not the same. Participants will be introduced to the different sampling methods for recording earthworms. In addition, attendees will be introduced to the different sampling methods for recording earthworms, including a practical demonstration outdoors. The tutor manages the National Earthworm Recording Scheme and will signpost attendees to subsequent intermediate courses in earthworm identification.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn the basics of earthworm taxonomy and biology.
  • Understand the ecological importance of earthworms and the variety of earthworm ecotypes.
  • Learn the different species that we find here in the UK.
  • Experience undertaking some practical methods for surveying earthworms.
  • Learn about recording earthworms in the UK.

Course fee includes an FSC fold out chart.


Keiron Brown is a tutor for the Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB) and national recorder for earthworms. Keiron dedicates much of his spare time to collating earthworm species records, training new earthworm recorders and ensuring that earthworms are represented in the biodiversity sector.

This course is brought to you in partnership between the Field Studies Council and Earthworm Society of Britain.

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  • 0930 Registration
  • 1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
  • 1015 What is an earthworm?
  • 1030 Worldwide diversity of earthworms
  • 1100 Ecology of earthworms
  • 1200 UK earthworm species
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1330 earthworm survey
  • 1500 Introduction to earthworm identification
  • 1530 National Earthworm Recording Scheme
  • 1550 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 1600 Course finishes

What to bring

  • Lunch and plenty to drink
  • Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
  • A hand lens (if you have one)
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small bag to carry personal items

Health and Safety

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.

Meeting point / Location

The Stockyard, Bushy Park.

FSC in Bushy Park

FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park.

Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.


Further Information

Bushy Park Directions

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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