Guide to British earthworms

Familiarise yourself with the common species of British earthworm using our resources.

Identify earthworms

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


Select an earthworm image to see a summary of their characteristics, what they eat and where they live:

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