It started with RSPB’s big garden birdwatch in which nearly half a million people took part earlier in the year. Then the bees & butterflies got in on the act – you still have time to count bees through Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count and butterflies as part of the Butterfly Foundations Big Butterfly Count . But i’m going to be taking part in my clear favourite (although perhaps the most involved) – counting the humble earthworm in the Big Worm Dig supported by Riverford. This critical creature doesn’t have quite the same profile as birds, bees & butterflies but is an absolutely critical part of ensuring the health of our soils. So when you’ve finished counting winged creatures turn your attention to something below your feet.