Gardening for Earthworms is a half-day workshop detailing why earthworms are vital for maintaining healthy soils and providing a host of other benefits to garden habitats. Learners will explore how different species have differing requirements and provide different ecological services to the environments they inhabit. Learners will receive tips and guidance on how they can improve the earthworm diversity and abundance within their garden, regardless of whether they have a small urban garden or extensive grounds. In the field, learners will assess the site for earthworm-enhancing opportunities.

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.