Manchester Geographical Society

North West Geography


Volume 3, Number 2, 2003

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Monitoring earthworm communities in translocated grasslands affected by the construction of Runway 2 at Manchester Airport

This work assesses earthworm communities in translocated turf/soil at Manchester Airport that provide food for legally protected vertebrate species. Earthworms were sampled by digging and hand sorting of soil, followed by vermifuge application. Monitoring produced nine species of earthworm. Areas supplied with turf contained significantly more earthworms than areas supplied with soil only. Density and mass of earthworms have generally increased or remained relatively stable, suggesting translocation to be successful after the first 5 of 15 years monitoring.

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