Join the Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB)

Discover more about the amazing world of earthworms

Nick Baker, wildlife presenter and patron of the ESB

Joining the Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB) is a great way to learn more about the earthworm world.

We want to increase knowledge and understanding of earthworms, especially in Britain, and to highlight the important work they do in soils.

The fascinating world of earthworms

Did you know we have at least 27 species of earthworm in the UK?

Just in your garden you are likely to find up to eight different species.

"Earthworms are an incredibly important aspect of soil health, as by churning it up they improve its fertility - which is great news for plants, animals and ultimately us."
Nick Baker, TV presenter and patron of the ESB

Earthworms can be grey, red, green or stripy. Some can produce bright yellow defensive fluids and all make little cocoons in the soil from which baby worms hatch.

Famous words

The Greek philosopher Aristotle realised the importance of earthworms, calling them "the intestines of the earth".

Charles Darwin was also fascinated by earthworms. He said:

"It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as have these lowly organised creatures."

John Craven, TV presenter and ESB patron

Benefits of joining the ESB

As a member of the ESB you'll have the opportunity to go on earthworm identification courses and take part in valuable research studies.

You'll also receive newsletters and invitations to events.

For more information and to join, visit the Earthworm Society of Britain website.


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