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Earthworms in your Garden

By Rob 2 years ago

There are 27 species of earthworm in the UK and over 2000 worldwide (some of which are 2 metres long!) The important thing to note is that whilst bees get all the news coverage worms are just as essential to life as bees. All soil needs earthworms – they keep it aerated, full of life and nutrient rich. Lots of other birds, mammals and amphibians rely on worms as an important part of their diet, from song thrush to blackbird, to hedgehog and fox. Worms are an important part of our food chain and of course they actually play a serious part on making the very soil that we depend on to grow our food.

Worm Wisdom: Seven facts about Earthworms

By Heather 12 years ago



Here are some facts about earthworms:


  • Earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris) (also known as lob worms or garden worms) are nature’s ploughs and are crucial for soil aeration. In an acre of land between 16,000-30,000 lbs (7,200-13,500kg) of soil passes through earthworms and is deposited on the surface each year. No wonder archaeologists are so good at digging!


  • How do worms travel? No, not on the underground, but by using their complex muscle system and hairs, called setae.


  • Earthworms do not have teeth, but use a gizzard to grind up pieces of food.


  • Worms don’t have eyes (except in cartoons!), but are sensitive to light.


  • Earthworms don’t have lungs, but instead “breathe” through their skin as long as it stays moist.


  • Earthworms are hermaphrodites ie their bodies contain both male and female reproductive organs.


  • Not content with one heart, earthworms have no fewer than five.