Earthworms disappearing across English farmlands

A first-of-a-kind study has revealed that earthworms are disappearing across two-fifths of England’s assessed farmland

Earthworm
Earthworms are important for soil helping with benefits like carbon cycling, water infiltration and plant productivity

A first-of-a-kind pilot study has revealed that earthworms are disappearing across two-fifths of England’s assessed farmland.

The study, published last week by non-profit Rothamsted Research, revealed that 42% of farmers’ fields studied had poor earthworm biodiversity. Earthworms are important for soils, which help with carbon cycling, water infiltration, pesticide movement, plant productivity, the breeding success of birds and the susceptibility of plants to insect attack.

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