Brighton Science Festival

Earthworm Watch

Meet Earthwatch Scientist Victoria Burton to discover more about the humble earthworm, its importance for our ecosystem and how you can help with research into earthworms and soil health.

Soils are vitally important for supporting life on Earth. They recycle nutrients, filter water and enable us to grow crops for food. Earthworms keep soils healthy but we don’t yet understand how human activities such as planting schemes affects soils and earthworms, especially in gardens and other urban green spaces.

Not all earthworms are the same! There are 29 different species in the UK and this is an opportunity to meet some live earthworms and find out about their different lifestyles and discover how you can take part in earthworm research with the Natural History Museum and Earthwatch Institute.

Earthworm Watch is a citizen science project aiming to improve knowledge of how humans affect earthworms and soil health in the UK and is a collaboration between Earthwatch Institute (Europe) and the Natural History Museum in London, in association with the Earthworm Society of Britain. Earthwatch is an international environmental charity with a mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. The Natural History Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. The Museum’s Citizen Science Programme enables thousands of people across the UK to make an active contribution to scientific research.

This event is part of Bright Sparks Sunday 2018.