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The bodies of earthworms are made up of many ring-like segments. These ring-like segments are covered throughout with minute hair, and this hair helps them in moving around and burrowing. While earthworms are burrowed under the soil during the day, at night they come to the surface to feed.
Sometimes when you dig a bit of damp soil close to vegetation or where water from your kitchen goes into your garden you may come across earthworms. If you do, you are lucky because that means the soil in that area is rich in nutrients! Send us a description of the first earthworm you find!
The Earthworm Society of Britain has a very nice video on why earthworms are important for us.
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your wormery (see how to make a wormery in the activity above) for a chance to win a book on Indian animals. If you are successful at making a wormery at home, show this to your friends and make your observations together. What are the worms in your wormery doing? Do you see their poo/excreta?