Aristotle described them as the 'intestines of the earth' and they captivated Charles Darwin as Brett Westwood discovers when he explores our relationship with the earthworm.
Whilst we might take them for granted, Aristotle described them as the Intestines of the earth and Charles Darwin recognised their importance when he wrote "It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures". As Brett Westwood discovers these 'ecosystem engineers' play a vital role in aerating our soils, aiding drainage, clearing up pollutants and if you're a Gippsland giant and measure up to 3m in length, making themselves heard from below ground! They have also wormed their way into our literature, charmed our culture and burrowed into our language. Producer: Sarah Blunt.
Professor Janet Browne
Ever since then she has specialised in reassessing Charles Darwin’s work, first as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, and more recently as author of a biographical study that integrated Darwin’s science with his life and times. She is based at Harvard.
Dr Kevin Butt
He heads up the Earthworm Research Group at UCLan
He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Dr Beverley van Praagh
Emma's favourite worm: The 'fried eggs' earthworm
His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, TV & radio,
Chris specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post-production.