Brandling Worm - Eisenia fetida


Brandling Worms are smaller in size than earthworms and are banded in appearance. It produces an unpleasant-smelling yellow fluid when handled.

Identification difficulty

They like living in compost heaps.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

These worms feed on rich decaying matter, especially in compost heaps.

UK Status

Often abundant in suitable places but poorly recorded.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map