Protecting our giant Earthworms: Beverley van Praagh
Reaching up to 3m in length the giant Gippsland earthworm may be the world’s largest of its kind. Often mistaken for a snake due to its size, this creature can only be found in a few locations in Victoria. The worms are under serious pressure by agricultural use of their habitat so, for the last 30 years, ecologist Beverley van Praagh and her team at the Giant Earthworm Project have been working closely with the Victorian government and local farmers to find ways to ensure the survival of this fascinating species. This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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Beverley Van Praagh has been studying the giant Gippsland earthworm for more than 25 years, working closely with farmers and community members to better understand and conserve these unique invertebrates.
Nestled into the continent’s south-east, Victoria’s Gippsland offers a wild frontier, harbouring rich histories and varied landscapes, from the snow-frosted Australian Alps to the rugged and remote coast.