Earthworm Sampling Day with The Biological Recording Company

Saturday 6th April, 2024 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Grove Farm Nature Reserve, Whitton Avenue, West Greenford UB6 0EG

Join like-minded people with an interest in recording wildlife observations for a day surveying earthworms. The specimens collected will help us to build up a a library of images for the Earthworm Image Recognition Project and generate earthworm species list for the site. All records will be added to the National Earthworm Recording Scheme database. Sampling earthworms involves conducting microhabitat searches and hand-sorting soil pit samples to collect specimens for identification by our trained earthworm recorders at a later date.

Participants will also be asked to take photographs of the earthworms that they collect and submit these to the Earthworm Image Recognition Project – an exciting collaboration with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to create and test an app that will attempt to identify earthworms using AI.

This event is aimed at adults only. It’s free to attend and no previous experience is required as earthworm sampling methods will be taught to all attendees on the day. Spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Please note that this event will involve individuals collecting, preserving and killing earthworm specimens for identification purposes.

What will the day involve?

  • Practical experience using a variety of methods to survey and sample earthworms.
  • Practical experience in collecting and preserving earthworm specimens.
  • Contributing to an innovative project involving smartphone photography and AI
  • A chance to meet fellow like-minded people from a range of different disciplines.

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