National Soil & Earthworm Survey

March – May 2009

The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is an exciting new initiative, open to anyone with an interest in nature.

Their aim is to create and inspire a new generation of nature lovers by getting people to explore, study, enjoy and protect their local environment.

In 2007 OPAL received a grant of £11.75million from the Big Lottery Fund.




One of their current surveys is to find out more about earthworms and the soils they live in, something we know suprisingly little about.






Earthworms are extremely important and play a vital role in recycling plant nutrients and aerating the soil. But we need to build up our understanding of the soil types they live in and their distribution across the country.

By taking part in this survey you will help improve the  knowledge of soils and earthworms. It’s simple, fun and your findings will be used to update the national records.

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