Did you know that, globally, soils store roughly 80% of terrestrial carbon?
We all depend on healthy soils, and while we know that earthworms increase soil fertility and carbon storage by mixing dead plant material, there is still a lot to learn about these natural gardeners.
This is where Earthworm Watch comes in, and we need your help!
Deep-living earthworms help lock carbon into the soil by pulling leaves into their deep, vertical burrows at night to eat.
Surface-feeding earthworms cycle nutrients by eating leaves, breaking them down into compost.
Soil-feeding earthworms make horizontal burrows which help mix air into the soil and improve drainage.
Without knowing more about how many and what types of earthworms there are in the UK, we are unable to map the key benefits that earthworms provide, including flood mitigation, and learn more about how to better manage our soil ecosystems.
By taking part in Earthworm Watch, not only will you have fun in the great outdoors, you’ll also be contributing to a real scientific research project.
Images: iStock/PhotographyFirm, Malcolm Bradbrook