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Blackbird Nest Box

Have you ever wondered how Blackbirds always manage to find worms in your lawn, they make it look very easy but how do they do it and is it really that easy.

Blackbirds are very intelligent and well adapted birds they use 3 of their senses to locate the worms.

Sight

As Blackbirds scuttle across the lawn they are looking for worms and movement, they will then pause and tilt their heads to see the worms on the ground using one eye as their eyes are positioned at either side of their head (laterally), this also gives them excellent all round vision.

Sound

Birds do not have any visible ears as we do but have ‘audile orifices’ that are covered with a thin layer of feathers. Blackbirds are unique because both of their ‘ears’ are connected to one organ between their ‘ears’ this allows them to work out which direction the sound is coming from, by tilting their head they can pin point more accurately the sound and the worm.

Feel

After looking and listening Blackbirds often locate worms by probing the ground with their beak, which is very sensitive and can sense the tiny movement vibrations made by the worm.

Unfortunately our bodies are not as sophisticated as the Blackbirds but you can still have lots of fun finding worms in your lawn. Why not have a Worm Charming Competition? this could be with your family or friends at Brownies, Cubs or your local Youth Group or on a larger scale why not make it a School fundraising event.

Lumbricus Hortensis (Dendrobaena)

Worm Charming Competition

  1. Mark out a square plot for each competitor leaving plenty of space around each one.
  2. Each competitor has 20 minutes (suggested time) to charm as many worms out of ground within their allocated plot.
  3. No forking or digging allowed.
  4. Place your worms in a suitable container containing damp soil, organic material out of the sun.
  5. The person with the most worms wins.

There are many techniques to try to encourage your worms to the surface including playing music, jumping, dancing, hitting the ground with sticks or with your hands and watering the ground, whatever method you choose be very careful when handling your precious worms try not to pull them too hard and always place them somewhere safe afterwards so that they can return underground.

The Compact WOW Wooden Observation Wormery

If you want to learn more about worms why not consider setting up a wormery in your garden, for lots of fascinating worm facts and how to set up a wormery click here.

Have fun – Love your environment

Gill

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To get up close on the fascinating world of worms take a look at this brand new flat pack, no nails, no screws, no holes to dig Wooden Observation Wormery with its own built in observation panel.

Every WOW© Wooden Wormery comes with its own observation panel as standard, but for large groups to enjoy you can have two observation panels on different sides of the unit.

All you will need is lots of organic waste for the worms to wine and dine on like gluttons!  Worms like to wander from food sources to places that are clean and earthy, for breeding, and this unit is perfect as it is lovely and spacious.

The wooden construction keeps the environment at just the right temperature.  The insulating properties of wood will protect the worms from the ravages of sudden temperature changes at night and seasonally. 

Worms like and work best in darkness and excess light will burn their delicate skins. For this reason we provide a cover for the observation window.  When you want to take a look at all the munching and composting activity all you have to do is slide out the cover and catch the worms at work. See and note how the picture of decomposing organic waste changes from day to day and week to week.

We love this new WOW© Wooden Wormery – its perfect for worms and perfect for families and school groups to enjoy!

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