The Amazing World Of Earthworms In The UK – Springwatch – BBC Two

The Amazing World Of Earthworms In The UK – Springwatch – BBC Two


Most of us wouldn’t give earthworms a second glance, but not emma Sherlock Earthworms are her passion you see Emma is curator of worms at the natural history Museum in London not only that she’s president of the earthworm society of britain as [Emma] is about to reveal. There’s far more to the humble earthworm than first meets the eye Most people think we’ve only got one species of earthworm [in] the uk, but that’s really not true We actually have about 27 different species We’ve got stumpy green ones And they’re bright green stripy ones these ones when they stretch out you’ll really see the stripes on them We call them tiger worms because of the strikes we’ve got pink ones. We’ve got grey ones We’ve got ones with black heads We’ve got some deep red ones some a really large sort of 30 centimeters in length Right down to some adults being just a few centimetres so massive diversity Surprisingly scientists like Emma know very little about the distribution of these different earthworm species Sampling the worms in your garden can help fill in these gaps The best way to sample earthworms really. It’s just to dig a hole in [the] ground so I don’t really dig around the plot Pull out the square I’ve dug and then just go through it and try and see how many earthworms are in here and in a plot this size Potentially it could be 50 100. Maybe even if it was a really really rich batch Maybe even up to 200 earthworms So in an area the [size] of a football field [you] [could] get maybe as many as 2 million earthworms All gardeners may that earthworms are really really good for the soil But the reason that is is because they are borrowing down into the soil. They’re letting air in letting carbon dioxide out Earthworms are the recyclers of the planet? They are breaking down all the organic rubbish and releasing all those nutrients back into the soil to be used again [by] the plants Without earthworms in our soils life will pretty quickly dry up Earthworms aren’t just good for the soil. They’re juicy muscular bodies are perfect food for lots of other wildlife Birds just can’t resist them [Badgers] gorge on them 60% of their diet is made up of worms and Moles well they can eat 50 grams of worms a day It does seem they get rather picked on by other animals one neat Little trick I’m gonna Share with you is something to actually get the deep bearing worth worms to the surface Without the heavy digging, and that’s this what I’ve done here is mix mustard powder with water Maybe around 2 tablespoons per liter in a half bottle and then pour it on the ground What this technique does is it just irritates the worm slightly so they come up to the surface? Earthworm Behavior is also fascinating not least the way they reproduce I’ll let Emma explain Earthworms are hermaphrodites that means they have male and female parts But they still sexually reproduce so they find another earthworm kind of glue themselves Together pass each other sperm and then when they’ve broken off They then each produce a cocoon which then sits in the soil until the conditions are right and then the babies Emerge I love earthworms because they’re so Amazingly important for our soils. There’s such fascinating animals and when you actually start to look at them It’s amazing the diversity And variety of them the sizes the colors the different jobs that they all do and yet no one’s out there looking at them And they’re working so hard under our feet [I] Hope you see them in a different light now you

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  1. Emma, please can you solve this unidentified worm. I am living in the S. W. France, and apart from giant awful orange slugs, we have unknown giant worms. Stories started to come back of worms that were at least almost 3 feet. It was sounding a bit like a fisherman's story. I had noticed enormous worm casts around like the size of small mole hills. I remained skeptical.
    Then any doubts left me as my husband presented me with a 2 foot earthworrm that had been squashed on the road. He said it was about half of it! The mystery remains .

  2. There are 3 top of creatures that I absolutely love and respect and they are earthwarms, bee's and ladybugs. Without these 3, humanity would fall.

  3. You are full of worms in hell. They eat your body and you can feel it. When you pull them out of your body more keep coming back. Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!

  4. She makes earthworms seem so awesome! I can't wait to show this video to my kids they will just love it.

  5. Who else loved to play with earthworms growing up? I have a garden filled with homemade compost (I live in the country) and I raise dozens, maybe hundreds, of worms to maintain my garden. My kids absolutely adore them, and we even caught one doing some wierd dance before! XD It was HILARIOUS!!!

  6. I'm from Texas. I've noticed over the years the that a lot of Brit's talk in a "loud whisper" when they are being enthusiastic about something. This is NOT a criticism just an observation. Cheerio, what?

  7. I never thought much about worms until I had my own garden and started composting. Now it's all about keeping my worms happy because they are so good for your soil. They are voracious eaters will eat their body weight in a day. Watch a time lapse video of a worm factory…they are simply amazing.

  8. Nice video, the lady sounds really excited about worms, and the music reminds me of Fable: The Lost Chapters.

  9. IS EARTHWORM SALLY go to chanel called flmaingo vevo to watch eartworm sally full theme song

  10. She sure does love those worms. And I really do see them in a different light now! It just rained here and I'll see if I can catch some worms myself!

  11. Don't you DARE make a earthworm sally joke!
    Not saying I dislike it, but it's just not funny in this situation.

  12. Birds are not that fond of worms. From my own experience, the only birds which eat worms are blackbirds and robins, and robins will only eat tiny worms. I have never seen a magpie or a crow eat a worm. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has seen other birds eat worms.

  13. I have a song for the earthworms | alright now ima sing it | ITS EARTHWORM SALLY CARRYING DISEASES FROM FLORDA TO CALI from florda to cali……… EARTHWORM SALLY FLYING THROGH THE AIR IM AN EARTHWORM BUT I DONT REALLY CARE IM A BARBER ILL DO YOUR HAIR (earthworms) WTF WAS THAT!?!!!?!?!?!?!!!!

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