Just can't get enough of those worms...

A brand new wildife group has just started up, dedicated to the humble earthworm. The Earthworm Society of Britain held a launch event in Hyde Park, London, testing all the different methods of worm charming.  You can see from the photo above that some worm charmers start very young indeed! As a World Worm Charming Championship competitor, of course I wouldn't miss this for the world!

We were testing 5 different methods of worm charming:

1. fork twanging (digging a garden fork in the ground and wiggling it)

2. grunting (rubbing a piece of ridged wood against another which is stuck in the ground)

3. stamping

4. alternative techniques such as music

5. do nothing and see how many worms come up.  All good experiments have a control to compare against, and this was ours.

I was championing the fork twanging technique as that's what the winner of the World Worm Charming Championships used.  It did prove to be the best method, but someone else using this technique won instead of me :o(  Oh well, you can't win them all - we had a brilliant time and gained our first new members to the Earthworm Society.

Photos of the event can be seen in the OPAL galleries

By joining the Earthworm Society of Britain for just £5 you'll get regular newsletters including fun activity sheets for kids, a training course teaching you to identify the different species of earthworm, and the chance to attend field trips, take part in scientific research and a range of fun and easy surveys that anyone can take part in, including looking for worms in your compost and on the path after rain.

If you'd like to join, email our President Emma Sherlock e.sherlock@nhm.ac.uk or reply to this blog post and we'll send you a membership form.

Hope to see some of you at Earthworm Society events in the future!