Introduction to Earthworms is a half-day workshop exploring what makes an earthworm an earthworm and delving into some of the fascinating aspects of their biology, ecology and behaviour, including discussing how not all earthworms are found below ground! Learners will then hear about some of the exotic earthworms from around the world and discover what the current status quo is with British earthworms. In the field, learners will look for signs of earthworms and observe how not all earthworms belong to a single species.

Tutor: Keiron Derek Brown

Keiron Derek Brown is passionate about biological recording and studying invertebrates, and delivers a wide range of events and training opportunities through the Biological Recording Company. He is the national recorder for earthworms (running the National Earthworm Recording Scheme on behalf of the Earthworm Society of Britain) and the Chair of the Ecology & Entomology section of the London Natural History Society. He also sits on the advisory council of the National Forum for Biological Recording.

Between 2016 and 2023 he designed and managed the £1.6 million FSC BioLinks project for the Field Studies Council, with the aim of inspiring amateur naturalists to take up the identification and recording of invertebrate groups that are often forgotten and rarely recorded.

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