Event: Darwin's Earthworms

Field Studies Council

15th July 2020


Cost: £0 - £5

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Virtual Meet Ups (VMUs)

These Virtual Meet Ups are an opportunity to keep in touch and share skills and knowledge during lockdown. They are short natural history webinars, comprising of a 30-50 minute talk from either an FSC BioLinks team member or a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom, we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. 

Darwin’s Earthworms

Kerry is an FSC course tutor and secretary for the Earthworm Society of Britain and usually runs courses teaching people about earthworm sampling, identification and recording. Coincidentally she also works at the Natural History Museum in London and is very interested in the history of natural history. “It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world” is a quote from Darwin about earthworms. Although famous for other scientific endeavors Darwin realised the importance of earthworms as ecosystem engineers and wrote an entire book about them. This talk will cover the history of earthworm research and look at some of the experiments that Darwin did with earthworms.

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