National Earthworm Recording Scheme Bulletin 2017 vol 3
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Following on from our 3 Earthworm Identification Weekends (in Wiltshire, South Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales) and 4 Earthworm Ecology courses, we still have spaces on our upcoming events.

We're particularly excited to be partnering with the London Natural History Society in September to survey Hampstead Heath and run a free identification workshop at the Natural History Museum.

Spaces are filling up so email Keiron if you would like to attend either of these events to book your space:
Meet our new Research Officer... Dr Frank Ashwood
As an Environmental Scientist at Forest Research, Frank provides specialist expertise on soil sustainability through research into woodland soil quality and soil ecology. Frank is particularly interested in the interactions between soil physical, chemical and biological quality and woodland ecology and ecosystem service delivery.

His PhD was with the Earthworm Research Group at the University of central Lancashire and considered the effects of organic waste materials and earthworm activity on reclaimed soil quality and development, and tree growth on reclaimed land.

Frank's role with the ESB will be to work with research institutions to incorporate their earthworm species records into the National Earthworm Recording Scheme database and advise the ESB with regards to earthworm science and ecology. You can follow Frank on Twitter at @FrankAshwood

And in his spare time, Frank is also an active earthworm recorder!
FSC BioLinks Project Announced
The Field Studies Council have secured a £1.23 million The National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund invertebrate identification training and recording events across the West Midlands and South East England.

The project will include training courses covering beetles, true flies, aculeate hymentoptera, molluscs, freshwater invertebrates, true bugs, arachnids and (most importantly) soil invertebrates.

The Earthworm Society of Britain was a proud supporter of this fantastic project and participated in the development of the project plan regarding earthworm training. We look forward to working with the FSC to deliver a host of earthworm recorder training opportunities during this 5-year project.

If you would like to be kept in the loop about the free (or heavily subsidised) opportunities for training and recording that FSC BioLinks will deliver you can register your interest via the FSC BioLinks newsletter:

Earthworm Recorder's Handbook
We reported in the last Earthworm recorder's Update that the Earthworm Recorder's Handbook was in progress. The final draft of this new comprehensive guidance document has almost been completed and will be submitted to the ESB committee for approval at the next committee meeting.

We hope to publish the Earthworm Recorder's Handbook on the ESB website as a free-to-download PDF by the end of the year. We will also send an email to all those subscribed to this mailing list when it is available to download.

Upcoming Earthworm Training & Events

02/09/17 - Hampstead Heath Earthworm Survey (London)
03/09/17 - ESB Annual General Meeting (London)
09/09/17 - Earthworm Identification Workshop (London)
14/10/17 - Earthworm Identification Workshop (Bedfordshire)
21-22/10/17 - Darwin's Garden Earthworm Identification Weekend (Shropshire)
Find out more details on our website:

Making your records available to all  

The Earthworm Society of Britain last uploaded it's datasets to the NBN Gateway on 12/01/17 and currently has 3 datasets containing 7,335 records:
National Earthworm Recording Scheme records (Channel Islands) - 18 species / 46 records
National Earthworm Recording Scheme records (Great Britain) - 27 species / 2,869 records
Soil Biodiversity Group (NHM) earthworm records (Great Britain) - 26 species / 4,420 records

Please note that not all of these datasets have been transferred to the new NBN Atlas. The ESB is currently curating these datasets to bring them in line with the new system for recording Sampling Method and aims to submit all datasets in their entirety to the NBN Atlas during summer 2017.
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