Looking for worms as part of a citizen science experiment.
Useful items from our shop
- Buckets - Pack of 8
- Clipboards - A4
- Collecting Pots - Pack of 30
- Stanley Pocket Tape Measures
- Child's Hand Trowel
- Shallow Gorilla Tubs
- White Tray
- Don't Poke a Worm till it Wriggles - Celia Warren
- Trail Disc - Minibeasts - Worm
- Yucky Worms - Vivien French
Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- care of worm
- leave no trace
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- hand washing
- choice of digging site
What you'll need
- large container/tub
- 1 litre bottle to fill with water (for dissolving mustard in)
- mustard powder
- printed copy of worm survey (download from website)
The worm survey takes under an hour and involves digging two small holes to count earthworms and measure soil properties.
The survey should be done in spring or autumn, which is when earthworms are most active.
Or you can order a free pack with all the materials you’ll need plus a step-by-step guide here.
More information from the Earthworm Watch website at www.earthwormwatch.org.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.