Charming day out at wriggly worm hunt
NATURE lovers put on their best behaviour to entice some wriggly friends out of their holes for the World Worm Charming Championships.
And while the two teams from the Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers and RSPB groups didn’t quite muster enough worms to the surface to be crowned the winners, they had great fun in the meantime, finding 74 and 97 worms respectively.
The teams, who were given a square metre pitch to work within, operated as tag teams for 30 minutes, with members taking it in turns to use garden forks to create vibrations in the earth that encourage worms to head for the surface.
Tina Hanak, group leader, said: “The teams have done exceptionally well this year, especially in the dry, unpromising conditions.
“We have been working on various aspects of our technique and have drawn on the expertise of one of our parents, a local fisherman who is no stranger to seeking out worms.”
The group also used the event to champion their campaign to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the endangered hen harrier, which they have been fundraising to support.
●● The Phoenix team at the worm charming contest
●● Janneke Van der Veken, Martin James and Natasha James take a well-earned rest
●● The Explorers used the event to champion their campaign to save the hen harrier
●● One of the Wildlife Explorers teams at work during the competition
●● Adam Garnett and Emma entice the worms
●● Sarah Podmore and a woolly hen harrier