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Earthworms: Development and Testing of a Sampling Methodology, Assessment of a Field Guide to their Identification, and Investigation of the Relationship with Soil Contamination

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By James Bone: September 2008

Supervisors: Dr Nick Voulvoulis and Dr Martin Head
Collaborators: Natural History Museum: Dr David Jones, Dr Paul Eggleton, and Dr Steve Brooks

Introduction

James taking samples in Hounslow Heath

Collection of scientific data by the public: screening for pollution to reduce monitoring costs for regulatory authorities

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By Filothei Panagiotakopoulou: September 2009

Supervisors: Dr Nick Voulvoulis and Dr Martin Head

Introduction

The overall aim of this study is to assess the potential for collection of scientific data by the public for subsequent analysis, as a means of environmental monitoring, with a view to reducing monitoring costs for regulatory authorities.

Effects on greenhouse gases of the application of MBT output, bio-solids and compost on land

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By Anna-Maria Skartsila: September 2010

Supervisors: Dr Nick Voulvoulis and Dr Martin Head

Introduction

This project aimed to investigate the effect on greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by soil, following the application of bio-solid wastes to the soil’s surface. The four main project objectives were:

Testing soil pH

Assessing soil data from sites in London to identify links to key indicators for characterising soils

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By Aisha Gloudon: September 2009

Supervisors: Dr Nick Voulvoulis & Dr Martin Head
Collaborator: Ms Dee Flight (British Geological Survey)

Introduction

This project assessed soil data from sites in London generated through the OPAL soil and earthworm survey and compared it with the existing BGS soil observation dataset. Key indicators were identified which could enable the broad characterisation of soils using public participation surveys.

World Worm Charming Championship

Teams from OPAL went to the World Worm Charming Championship in Willaston (Cheshire) on Saturday. This annual event has been happening since 1980, and involves "charming" worms out of the ground without using water or chemicals. Each team has a 3x3m area which they have 30 minutes to get as many worms out of as possible.

Worm charming championship

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Soil sample month

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

Two hundred and fifty-seven samples collected!

It took four weeks, and a good few thousand miles, but finally all the soil samples have been collected. These have now been placed in pots, and two heather seedlings are growing in each sample.

Currently the seedlings are less than 3mm high, but within the next six months they will grow slowly, to around 5cm!

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Soil Collection Begins

 by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham
 

To start my nitrogen pollution experiments, I have to collect soil samples from every site.

I only need a small amount, so it won’t be damaging to the habitats. Each site has different levels of nitrogen pollution, so I am hoping that each soil sample with be different. Once I have collected the soil I will bring it back to my laboratory and grow heather in it for a number of months.

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