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Let's go on a worm hunt!
Let's go on a Worm Hunt!
Calling all nature explorers! Did you know that healthy soils have more worms? This spring, learn about the soil you have at home by going on a worm hunt!
Taking part is easy and fun! Our Worm Hunt will help you discover more about the incredible creatures beneath your feet. By reporting your findings, you'll help build a better picture of the state of Britain's soils in gardens and green spaces across the UK.
Download your Worm Hunt Guide
Enter your details into the form below to download our Worm Hunt Guide. You can print this out at home to take with you on your Worm Hunt. The guide provides instructions on four ways you can encourage worms to say 'hello', along with information on how to identify the most common types of worm you might find on your Worm Hunt.
Healthy soils have lots of worms!
Did you know that…
Worms eat their own body weight in food in one day! Worm poo enriches the soil with vital nutrients keeping it healthy
Soils with earthworms are up to 90% more effective at soaking up water. Worms burrow through the soil creating channels which allow rainwater to drain away, reducing flooding
Worms are really important in the food chain and make a tasty meal for birds, hedgehogs and frogs
Report your findings
Once you've been on your Worm Hunt, fill out your findings using the form below.
You can go on a worm hunt at any time, but if you submit your findings by 30th April your findings will be used to create a big worm map of the UK!
Letting us know what you find is really important, as it will help us to understand soil health. Don’t forget to also share your best Worm Hunt photos with us on social media using #WormHunt @SoilAssociation
We must take care of our soil
Healthy soils help combat climate change, feed the planet’s growing population and help prevent droughts and flooding.
Worms are vitally important on farms to allow farmers to produce food for both us and animals to eat, as well as keeping the soil healthy in our gardens, parks and other outdoor spaces.
Download your certificate
Once you have completed your Worm Hunt and submitted your findings to the survey, download your certificate and print it out! Display your certificate in pride of place, it's perfect for the fridge door!Download your certificate
Farmers care for soil by:
Adding manures and composts
Reducing pesticide use which can have a harmful impact on soil biodiversity
Limit damage from heavy machines and overstocking livestock
Increasing the variety of crops grown on their land
Ensure soil is covered at all times by plants
Find out more about how farmers care for soil using agroecological farming practices here.
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