Soil Biodiversity Group (NHM)

Soil Biodiversity Group (NHM) The Soil Biodiversity Group is based in the Natural History Museum, London. We are interested in patterns of invertebrate diversity in soils

The Soil Biodiversity Group is a research group based in the Life Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum, London. We are interested in all aspects of soil invertebrate biodiversity patterns and the role of those invertebrates in soil processes. We have a number of projects ongoing both in the UK and abroad.

This webinar coming up this Friday from the FAO The Global Soil Partnership maybe of interest: http://newsletters.fao.or...
20/05/2020
Special Announcement #26| Webinar on "Soil Biodiversity: a nature-based solution?"

This webinar coming up this Friday from the FAO The Global Soil Partnership maybe of interest: http://newsletters.fao.org/q/1mpGd6Y23DRgo6Td3As1/wv?fbclid=IwAR2ve_8tMY8wcH_WlTC1mwnWMqBK9-rS69gWi-JLi-y3FgHnZlN9qG_hRxE

FAO's Global Soil Partnership is pleased to invite you to its first webinar on Soil Biodiversity as part of the annual campaign dedicated to soil biodiversity with the theme “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”. This webinar aims to discuss the global status, gaps and multiple benefits o...

The results of Earthworm Watch, a citizen science project we ran with colleagues in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Bio...
08/11/2019

The results of Earthworm Watch, a citizen science project we ran with colleagues in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, PREDICTS, and Earthwatch Institute, are in! Read what citizen scientists helped us find out about earthworms in UK green spaces here: https://www.earthwormwatch.org/science-results

New paper out in Science! Termites mitigate the effects of drought in a tropical rainforest. http://science.sciencemag.o...
11/01/2019
Termites mitigate the effects of drought in tropical rainforest

New paper out in Science! Termites mitigate the effects of drought in a tropical rainforest. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6423/174

In many tropical regions, where drought is predicted to become more frequent in the coming years, termites are key components of ecosystem function. Ashton et al. experimentally manipulated termite communities to quantify their role during the 2015–2016 “super El Niño” drought in a Malaysian ...

08/02/2018
Wood, Termites, and Fungi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19qldIR-41M Scientists Amy Zanne, Paul Eggleton, and Steven Allison explain about wood, termites, and fungi in Australian forests. Supported by the US National Science Foundation and the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

Scientists Amy Zanne, Paul Eggleton, and Steven Allison explain about wood, termites, and fungi in Australian forests. Supported by the US National Science F...

Happy #WorldSoilDay
05/12/2017

Happy #WorldSoilDay

This #WorldSoilDay the message we are promoting is that

"Caring for the planet starts from the ground"

Check out this infographic from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Global Soil Partnership for more information.

Here you will also find access to our earthworm species Records, generated through our research projects over the years.
31/10/2017
Earthworm Society of Britain

Here you will also find access to our earthworm species Records, generated through our research projects over the years.

We're updating the earthworm recording webpages on our website.

Sharing data is a core part of what we do, in order to help earthworm scientists better understand these vital ecosystem engineers. To see what we do with the records sent to us, check out our updated Earthworm Data webpage.

Free-to-download Earthworm Recorder’s Handbook published by the ESB.
04/10/2017
Earthworm Society of Britain

Free-to-download Earthworm Recorder’s Handbook published by the ESB.

The Earthworm Society of Britain (ESB) is proud to announce that our new Earthworm Recorder's Handbook has been published on our website.

Download this FREE resource from our website...

the Earthworm Society of Britain's latest update from the National Earthworm Recording Scheme was sent out on Saturday. ...
21/08/2017
Earthworm Society of Britain

the Earthworm Society of Britain's latest update from the National Earthworm Recording Scheme was sent out on Saturday. If you'd like to receive these updates sign up to the mailing list here...

http://eepurl.com/cx8iDX

Our latest update from the National Earthworm Recording Scheme was sent out yesterday. If you'd like to receive these updates sign up to the mailing list here...

http://eepurl.com/cx8iDX

17/04/2017
Earthworm Society of Britain

Earthworm Society of Britain

While searching for Easter eggs this holiday in gardens up and down the British Isles, some of you may have come across the odd earthworm or two.

It's easy to forget that these animals are vital to growing our food, keeping our soils healthy and removing vast amounts of decaying plant matter from the ground.

Watch and share our video if you think #EarthwormsAreImportant

Earthworm Society of Britain
15/03/2017

Earthworm Society of Britain

This great picture of "Earthworm art" was posted on our page yesterday by Gilbert White from Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve. The image shows the burrowing activity of earhworms under a piece of boarding (when lifted).

Have you got any photos that could be considered "Earthworm art"? If so please share them on or page!

Earthworm Society of Britain
12/03/2017
Earthworm Society of Britain

Earthworm Society of Britain

Are earthworm numbers dwindling?

According to the WWF, who published an Earthworm Manifesto earlier this year, industrial agricultural practices can result in reduced earthworm populations.

The article by Deutsche Welle TV linked below states:

"Intensive use of manure and acidic soil with a pH value below five harm the worm, although it remains unclear whether herbicides affect earthworm's ability to reproduce.

Still, one thing is for sure: the destruction of its habitat every few months with heavy machinery stresses the animal.

Fewer than 30 earthworms are found per square meter on intensively farmed fields. But on organic farms, where the fields are rarely ploughed, up to 450 worms live in the same area, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)."

Read the full article at:

http://www.dw.com/en/earthworm-numbers-dwindle-threatening-soil-health/a-37325923

The National Earthworm Recording Scheme (run by the Earthworm Society of Britain) makes a giant leap with regards to it'...
14/01/2017

The National Earthworm Recording Scheme (run by the Earthworm Society of Britain) makes a giant leap with regards to it's data holding for Eiseniella tetredra species records...

We are very pleased to announce that we have received a fantastic Eiseniella tetraedra dataset from the Environment Agency.

The dataset contains 4,387 species records collected by EA staff and now makes up the majority of the species records that we hold for E. tetraedra. It also makes it the species which we hold the most records for and has allowed us to produce a vastly more comprehensive distribution map for England.

Contains Environment Agency information © Environment Agency and database right

14/01/2017
www.aab.org.uk

A Soil Biology special interest group is being established to promote and coordinate study and understanding of soil life and the fundamental role it plays in delivering the functions that keep us all alive.

The group will be officially launched at a one-day conference “Advances in Soil Biology” at Rothamsted Research, on 20th April 2017. People wishing to present a poster or oral presentation are invited to submit an abstract by 27thJanuary 2017.

For more information: http://www.aab.org.uk/contentok.php?id=202&basket=wwsshowconfdets

The AAB are pleased to announce the establishment of a new specialist interest groupSOIL BIOLOGYPlease join us for our inaugural meeting

Please help University of Exeter student by filling in a short questionnaire for her dissertation - link below.https://d...
17/12/2016
Attitudes towards human-assisted invasive species and natural colonists.

Please help University of Exeter student by filling in a short questionnaire for her dissertation - link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFe_yog_ecEnezp-j6CoCihZMMSyBrzs-GAH3iH5zgtLHA8g/viewform?c=0&w=1

Human-assisted invasive species are non-native species that are accidentally introduced into the UK by humans, for example via human transport links and trade routes. They can become established and subsequently cause potential harm to native flora and fauna, human health/well-being and society. Inv...

Earthworm Society of Britain
05/12/2016

Earthworm Society of Britain

Today is World Soil Day (5th December). Each year we ask our followers to use this day to think about the importance of soil to our everyday lives and what they can do to help ensure we protect this resource that we could not live without?

Our pledge is to better understand the earthworms that live in our soils so that we can help contribute data that may one day lead to the protection of rare British earthworm species.

What is your pledge? Please share this post with your pledge to help look after our soils.

Also make sure you check out the pages of our friends Soil Association, British Society of Soil Science, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, The Global Soil Partnership, New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

British Myriapod & Isopod Group
04/12/2016

British Myriapod & Isopod Group

The latest Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group; Vol. 29 (2016) has just been published on line. Article topics include: landhopper Arcitalitrus dorrieni; woodlice Porcellio laevis, Metatrichoniscoides leydigii and Trichoniscoides sarsi; millipedes Cylindroiulus apenninorum and female Melogona spp; centipede Lamyctes africanus; and historic Cambridgeshire records.

Download from BMIG website ~ http://www.bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-bulletin

Upcoming earthworm courses, with 2 in the Greater London Area.
02/12/2016
Earthworm Society of Britain

Upcoming earthworm courses, with 2 in the Greater London Area.

The Field Studies Council are working with the Earthworm Society of Britain to bring 3 earthworm ecology courses to those interested in learning more about earthworms at FSC Bishops Wood, FSC Amersham and FSC London (Bushy Park) next year.

These course are suitable for beginners and don't require any previous knowledge of earthworms, as the tutor will take you through the amazing world of earthworms and how these important organisms provide vital services to UK ecosystems.

Find out more about the courses and how to book on the FSC website....

http://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/partners/earthworm-society-of-britain.aspx

Earthworm Society of Britain
02/12/2016
Earthworm Society of Britain

Earthworm Society of Britain

World Soil Day is on Monday. This years theme is 'Soil and pulses: Symbiosis for life'. World Soil Day - December 5 was created by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and many organisations get involved in celebrating the benefits of soil and raising awareness about the threats.

Please share this post and help spread the word that soil is important. The Earthworm Society of Britain will be celebrating on Monday with a packed schedule of soil-related posts.

#SaveOurSoils

Soil Biodiversity Group (NHM), Earthworm Watch, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Soil Association, Save Our Soils, British Society of Soil Science, New Zealand Society of Soil Science, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, The Global Soil Partnership, Symphony of the Soil.

Earthworm Society of Britain
04/11/2016
Earthworm Society of Britain

Earthworm Society of Britain

On 11th October 2016 the Earthworm Society of Britain received a message from Paul Tommy Rees in Cheshire asking how big is big for an earthworm.

The ESB were impressed by the size of the earthworm in Paul's photos and advised that this could be a new record and the giant earthworm in question, known to Paul as "Dave", was sent to the Natural History Museum, London to be measured by earthworm expert Emma Sherlock.

Sure enough, Dave was chunky enough to make it to the record books.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/04/massive-earthworm-called-dave-wriggles-his-way-into-record-books/

Soil Biodiversity Group (NHM)'s cover photo
24/10/2016

Soil Biodiversity Group (NHM)'s cover photo

Happy World Earthworm Day!
21/10/2016

Happy World Earthworm Day!

Happy World Earthworm Day!

Help us spread the word about how important earthworms are by liking and sharing the Earthworm Society of Britain page:

www.facebook.com/eathwormsoc

04/10/2016
Earthworm Society of Britain

Earthworm Society of Britain

Later in October we celebrate the first ever World Earthworm Day during the month that marks the anniversary of Charles Darwin's last publication: The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms.

So why should we celebrate earthworms? Here's a little reminder about why we think earthworms are important...

For those interested in developing taxonomic ID skills and biological recording.
03/08/2016
London Natural History Society

For those interested in developing taxonomic ID skills and biological recording.

There are still spaces for the BioLinks consultation workshop at Bushy Park tomorrow (4th August) for anyone interested in attending.

The project aims to provide training and mentoring to the local biological recording community for 5 years (2017-2021) pending a successful funding bid for the The Field Studies Council from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

All attendees will be provided with a free sandwich buffet lunch (and hot drinks and biscuits in the morning) and those not attending in a professional capacity will be entitled to a £50 bursary (to help cover travel expenses and as a thank you for contributing your time to the project).

Keiron is particularly keen to get input from London-based naturalists so email him at [email protected] if you would like to book a space. More information can be found at the link below.

http://www.field-studies-council.org/about/fsc-projects/current-projects/biolinks.aspx

12/07/2016
London Natural History Society

London Natural History Society

As well as the Natural History Museum, London, there are lots of small natural history collections within London. Other significant collections include the South London Botanical Institute, Kew Gardens, Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL and Horniman Museum and Gardens.

This Eco Sapien video investigates why museums, and the natural history collections they house, are important.

Throughout this week we'll be letting you know a little more about London natural history museums and collections.

Blog from our very own Keiron Derek Brown regarding the Field Studies Council BioLinks project and their consultation wo...
12/07/2016
FSC BioLinks

Blog from our very own Keiron Derek Brown regarding the Field Studies Council BioLinks project and their consultation workshops.

New guest blog by @KeironDBrown - update on the BioLinks biological recording consultations https://t.co/n0V6wNGzkr

Earthworm Society of Britain
12/07/2016

Earthworm Society of Britain

On Friday three of earthworm scientists from the Earthworm Society of Britain and Natural History Museum, London headed to Goring-on-Thames to loom for a very rare species of earthworm: Sparganophilus tamesis to confirm if it is still present in the UK.

Unfrotunately, they couldn't find the species they were looking for but they did find lots of other species. The photo below shows the UK's largest species, Lumbricus terrestris, found in the soil of a river bank.

When the full results are in of the findings we will let you know what else we discovered on our field trip.

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