Speaker: Frank Ashwood. Venue: Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church at 7:30.
Earthworms are the alchemists and empire builders of the natural world; they transform material from one substance into another and create a whole new world in which other species can share and thrive. Most naturalists recognise their fundamental importance but few have detailed knowledge of any of our 29 species.
Frank, however is an environmental scientist whose PhD was entitled, ‘Woodland restoration on landfill sites: Earthworm activity and ecosystem service provision’ and he is also a specialist working within a research group dedicated to soil sustainability. He will be revealing the glory and the grandeur of differing earthworm empires and preferences.
Please note that ‘twanging’, mild mustard solutions and other means of specimen sampling that some members may have engaged in earlier in the year will be referenced but will not require audience participation on this occasion! Join us for some serious science and parallel smiles.