Earthworm Sampling Day @ Paradise Fields, Horsenden Hill, May 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Paradise Fields will be the site of an enclosed beaver reintroduction within the London borough of Ealing. This Earthworm Sampling Day will involve surveying the site and generating the first-ever earthworm species occurrence records for Paradise Fields – ahead of the release of the beavers. The specimens collected will help to build up an earthworm species list for the site and all records will be added to the National Earthworm Recording Scheme database.
Sampling earthworms involves conducting microhabitat searches and hand-sorting soil pit samples to collect specimens for identification by our trained earthworm recorders at a later date.
This event is aimed at adults only. It’s free to attend and no previous experience is required as earthworm sampling methods will be taught to all attendees on the day. Spaces are limited so booking is essential.
Please note that this event will involve individuals collecting, preserving and killing invertebrate specimens for identification purposes.
What will the day involve?
Practical experience using a variety of methods to survey and sample earthworms
Practical experience in collecting and preserving earthworm specimens
A chance to meet fellow like-minded people from a range of different disciplines
Recording London’s wildlife
All records collected will be added to the LNHS iRecord activity in order to share our findings with the site managers, Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), London Natural History Society (LNHS) and relevant national recording schemes and societies.
Bringing Back Beavers to Ealing Project
This event is delivered by the Biological Recording Company in partnership with the Earthworm Society of Britain, Citizen Zoo, Ealing Wildlife Group, the London Natural History Society, and the Bringing Back Beavers to Ealing project.
The Bringing Back Beavers to Ealing project is a partnership between the Beaver Trust, Citizen Zoo, Ealing Wildlife Group, Ealing Council and Friends of Horsenden Hill. the project is made possible by funding from the Rewild London Fund 2022 from the Greater London Authority.
See Ealing Wildlife Group’s website here for more information.