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For a wriggling and slimy invertebrate, earthworms have a good reputation. Most people recognise that earthworms are important, but few understand the true power of these ecosystem engineers or even that not all earthworms are the same.

Find out how different types of earthworm perform different ecological roles and be prepared to be surprised at some of the natural processes that earthworms contribute to. The course will arm beginners with the underpinning knowledge of earthworm biology, ecology, behaviour and basic collection methods in order to embark on their earthworm journey.

This is a new online training course from the FSC BioLinks project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Field Studies Council, and is endorsed by the Earthworm Society of Britain. This course is comprised of 4 modules, expected to completed within a four week period and utilises expertise from Earthworm Society of Britain approved tutors.

This course is aimed at adults and covers the following topics from the Eco-Skills Earthworm Learning Framework:

  • SIN101 Earthworm Biology
  • SIN102 Earthworm Ecology & Behaviour
  • SIN103 Earthworm Diversity
  • SIN104 Finding Earthworms in their Habitats

An e-certificate of course completion will be sent to any participants that successfully complete all of the course components.


Regular Price: £60 (for professionals and residents outside of the UK) Select ‘Attendee (Online)’

Subsidised Price: £20 (subsidised by the FSC Biolinks project for Earthworm Society of Britain members and non-professionals eg. volunteers, biological recorders, wildlife gardeners, amateur naturalists and students. Available to UK residents only.) Select ‘Attendee Discounted (Online)’

Tutor: Kerry Calloway

Kerry first became interested in soil invertebrates when volunteering on biodiversity research projects at the Natural History Museum (London). This included sorting samples of invertebrates to order level and sampling invertebrates across the New Forest in Hampshire and the Malaysian rainforests of Borneo. This is also where she began specialising in earthworms.

Kerry is a trustee for the Earthworm Society of Britain and has been for over 8 years. Kerry is the society Secretary and designs the annual strategy for the recording society. In addition, she regularly runs earthworm identification training courses and events.

Tutor: Keiron Brown

Keiron Derek Brown first became interested in invertebrates during a field-based entomology module at university and went on to volunteer on soil biodiversity research projects at the Natural History Museum (London). This included sorting samples of invertebrates to order level and sampling invertebrates across the New Forest in Hampshire and the Malaysian rainforests of Borneo.

Keiron now manages the FSC BioLinks project, with the aim of inspiring amateur naturalists to take up the identification and recording of invertebrate groups that are often forgotten and rarely recorded. He teaches our Discovering iRecord and earthworm courses. In his spare time he is an active member, and trustee, of the London Natural History Society and is the national recorder for earthworms (running the National Earthworm Recording Scheme on behalf of the Earthworm Society of Britain).

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Teaching Location: Online

Closer to the time of the course start date, attendees will be given access to the FSC's online learning platform.

There will be a number of resources for you to work through in your own time and weekly live webinars with the course tutor (see timetable).

These webinars will be hosted on Zoom, a free videoconferencing platform. We will email all attendees details of how to access the online course and the webinars closer to the course start date.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Time commitment: 4 weeks, 3-4 hours per week

This course will require approximately 3 - 4 hours of your time each week, and consists of four weekly topics.

For each topic there will be a number of resources and activities for you to work through in your own time, as well as assignments for you to complete before the end of the week.

Each topic will end with a 45 minute live webinar with the course tutor, these will consist of discussions and exercises that reflect on the learning of the previous week.

Live Webinars

The webinars will take place every Tuesday for the duration of the course and there are two live webinar time available (1:00pm or 6:00pm GMT) to fit around your work schedule.

The webinars will take place on:

  • Tuesday 20th July 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm
  • Tuesday 27th July 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm
  • Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm
  • Tuesday 10th August 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm

The webinars will be recorded for those that are unable to attend the live sessions.

Example Timetable

Week 1: Earthworm Biology

  • Self-study material: available from 7:00am on 13/07/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 19/07/2021
  • Week 1 Live Webinar: 20/07/2021 (at 1:00pm)

Week 2: Earthworm Ecology & Behaviour

  • Self-study material: available from 6:00pm on 20/07/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 26/07/2021
  • Week 2 Live Webinar: 27/07/2021 (at 1:00pm)

Week 3: Earthworm Diversity

  • Self-study material: available from 6:00pm on 27/07/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 02/08/2021
  • Week 3 Live Webinar: 03/07/2021 (at 1:00pm)

Week 4: Finding Earthworms in their Habitats

  • Self-study material: available from 6:00pm on 03/07/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 09/08/2021
  • Week 4 Live Webinar: 10/08/2021 (at 1:00pm)

The final deadline to complete any outstanding assignments and self-study components is 6:00pm 17/08/2021.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • access to course content through the FSC virtual learning platform
  • access to weekly live virtual classroom sessions with the course tutor through Zoom
  • e-certificate upon course completion

Before You Attend

Once you've signed up to the course you'll receive an e-mail with access to the virtual learning platform (Moodle) a week before the first webinar.

Log on as soon as you can to familiarise yourself with the platform and course materials, and be sure to complete the first activities before the first webinar.

Webinars are delivered through Zoom, so you don't need to download any additional software to attend - just click the link just before the meeting is due to start and it will open in your web browser.