Monday, 15 March 2010

Whilst were on a garden theme...

Young conservation scientists from the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers Phoenix Group joined Jonathan Taylor of OPAL(Open Air Laboratories) Northwest to complete an earthworm and soil survey at Lindow Common.

Group Leader Tina Hanak said, “Our work today contributes to a national survey that hopes to gather information on earthworm populations across the country. Earthworms are sensitive to lots of environmental factors - hopefully the results will provide information on whether different species of earthworm prefer different soil types.”

There are 26 species of earthworm, 12 of which are widespread, in the UK. Specimens identified as part of the survey at Lindow Common included the Lob worm (our largest British earthworm) and the Blackheaded worm.

To get involved and complete an earthworm and soil survey of your own visit the OPAL website

For more information about Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers please contact Tina Hanak on 07870 804413 or by e-mail

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