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Help us survey for earthworms in The Regent’s Park and contribute to research into soil health and habitat management in the parks.

Why is this research important?

Earthworms are amazing creatures that are incredibly important to us humans and many other animals. Earthworms are a critical part of many food webs, providing nutrition for a number of animals including hedgehogs, birds and even other invertebrates. Earthworms also perform the vital function of maintaining soil quality and health. They do this by consuming decaying plant and animal matter in the soil. By breaking down this organic material and burrowing through the soil they aerate and improve its composition: an abundance of earthworms is a good sign!

Last year, with the help of some amazing citizen scientist volunteers, we surveyed The Regent’s Park to get a closer look at the many invertebrate species that call the park home. From our findings we want to dig a bit deeper and learn more about the earthworms that live there, and how different habitats affect their abundance. Surveying a number of habitats, from sports pitches to meadow grasslands, we will be able to understand how healthy our soil is!

The data we collect will inform future habitat management for earthworms and all invertebrates across the Royal Parks.

What will you be doing on the day?

Sessions will be 2 hours long and will kick off with a riveting introduction to the elusive earthworm, followed by some time to get familiarised with the survey techniques that you will be using. We will then head out into the park to get our hands dirty collecting our data, and hopefully find lots of worms!

Where: The Regent’s Park
When: Saturday 7th April 2018

How to get involved?

Fill out our super speedy registration form below and we will get back to you with all of the details you will need to take part!

Children aged 7 and above are welcome but MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for this project closes at 5pm on Friday 30 March 2018

Volunteer application form

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

1. Personal information (adults 18+)

Have you worked on an ecological survey like this before? *
I can confirm that I am 18 years of ago or older

2. Children attending

Digging for earthworms is a fun activity for all the family, and supervised children are most welcome! The minimum age is 7 years old, but as the data we collect is of important scientific value, we ask that only children who are able to focus on the task for a full two hour shift attend.

Please indicate below the number of any children you would like to bring with you:

3. Availability

Please indicate which survey dates and activities you would like to volunteer on. You can join for one session or both!

Date Time Available?
Saturday 7 April (Morning) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 7 April (Afternoon) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

If you'd like us to try and put you in the same survey group, please let us know their name. Please also ensure they have filled an application form in too.

4. Travel to The Regent's Park

We'd appreciate it if people used environmentally friendly modes of transport (e.g. walk, cycling, public transport or car sharing) to get to The Regent's Park. However, if you need to travel by car we have a small number of permits.

If travelling by car, please provide your vehicle details so we can issue you with a parking permit:

5. Emergency contact details

In case of an emergency in the field, please supply details of a named contact:

6. Media release declaration

We would like to take photos and other imagery during the survey which may be used on our website, social media channels and printed materials to help promote our work.

Are you happy to be included in these photos and imagery?

7. Keeping in touch with the Royal Parks

We'd love to keep you updated about London's Royal Parks and how you can support them.

Would you like to receive emails from us?

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