Garden snail

Earthworm guide

Get to know your earthworms

Familiarise yourself with the common British earthworm species using the gallery below. Select an earthworm image to see a summary of their characteristics, what they eat and where they live.

Identify earthworms
The most reliable way to identify earthworms you find during your survey is to use our keys:


Compost worm Brandling worm Green worm - green morph
Redhead worm Black-headed worm Lob worm
Octagonal-tailed worm Chestnut worm Little tree worm
Rosy-tipped worm Grey worm Blue-grey worm
Green worm - pale morph Less common earthworms Immature earthworms


 Images courtesy of Harry Taylor © Natural History Museum