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Learn More About Worms on Geography Awareness Week

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This week marks the start of Geography Awareness Week, a week that highlights the importance of geography, and most importantly our place in the world and how we interact with our environment.

We'd like to take this chance to explore the topic of worms, and their geographical differences, some facts, and how they can you help you. Read along below!

Tiger Worms (Eisenia fetida)

tiger worms

Tiger Worms are native to Europe, but over time they have been introduced to every continent apart from Antarctica. They are ideal for use in wormeries because of their affinity for rotting vegetation. They are difficult to identify against other worms, but they are unlikely to be found in soil (unlike most worms), their bright yellow tail is usually a good indicator.

European Earthworm (Lumbricus rubellus)

European earthworm

Similar to the tiger worm, the European Earthworm is distributed worldwide, with very few locations not having at least a small population of them. Some people use them for composting but they are generally less effective than tiger worms.

Common Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris)

common worm

The Common Earthworm, like it's name implies, is one of the most common worms found in the UK. They're spread across the globe but are considered an invasive pest in some countries, due to the decline of some native species. In the US they are sometimes known as Nightcrawlers. Due to their tendency to burrow, they aren't suited for composting.

Indian Blues (Perionyx excavatus)

Indian blue

Popular in Northern America and Australia, these worms are notable for their ability to create ultra fine worm castings very quickly (worm poo!). They are native to Asia and are much more commonly used for composting there.

African Nightcrawler (Eudrilus eugeniae)

African nightcrawler

Like the name suggests, this worm is native to Africa, they are typically twice the size of tiger worms but are just as useful for vermicomposting. These worms are typically better suited to more tropical climates, as they tend to struggle with severe temperature changes.

If you're looking to start your own Wormery we highly reccomend using tiger worms to get you started!

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