Britain has about 16 species of earthworm that are likely to be found in gardens and in total nearly 30 species can be found in the UK. They vary in size and colour, but all help create good soil structure and fertility.

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Earthworms (Eisenia species) in compost

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Earthworms eat decaying plant material, helping create healthy soils
Britain has about 16 species of earthworms likely to be found in gardens
Earthworms occur in most soils
Some earthworms can be used in wormeries to make compost
Worm casts can occur on lawns

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