Worms turn in Grangetown

20 October 2016

Grange Pavilion’s gardens were alive last weekend – with worms!

By Nicola Allen

More than 25 adults and children joined us for a fun and informative session led by Barbara Brown, a community scientist based at National Museum Wales. During the afternoon we learned how to identify the different types of worms and tell the difference between an adult and a juvenile. For example, did you know that adults have saddles?

We also got the chance to get our hands dirty on a worm hunt. It was loads of fun to look through the soil and count how many worms we could find and we were amazed how many different shapes and sizes of worm there were. As well as worms we also found lots of ants, beetles and even a few spiders!

The work forms part of a wider citizen science project to find out how many earth worms are in the area. There are 26 British species of earth worm in total with only a small number of these making their homes in Grange Pavilion Gardens.

Earth worms really are a key part of our habitat and play a key role in recycling nutrients from plans and bringing air into the soil. To find out more and how to conduct your very own soil and earthworm survey please visit www.opalexplorenature.org.

We are already planning loads more events for the garden so keep an eye on our Facebook page for all the latest information including our garden open hours. If you are interested in finding out more about the project or would like get involved in our regular weekly gardening sessions drop us a line at grangepavilion@gmail.com.

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