Book a plot for your team at Cornwall's
first ever worm charming championships 
HERE 




Worm charming, or worm grunting and worm fiddling are word to describe the act of enticing earthworms to the surface of the earth. As a skill and profession worm charming is now very rare, with the art being passed through generations to ensure that it survives.

Most worm charming methods involve vibrating the soil, which encourages the worms to the surface. In 2008, researchers from Vanderbilt University claimed that the worms surface because the vibrations are similar to those produced by digging moles, which prey on earthworms. Worm charming is a behaviour also observed in animals other than humans, especially among birds. The methods used vary; however, tapping earth with feet to generate vibrations is widespread. One common example is the "Seagull dance".

In most competitions the fiddlers with the collector (or collectors) of the most worms in a set time are declared as the winners. They usually have a zone in which to perform their charming, measuring three yards square. The current world record was established on June 29, 2009, by 10-year-old Sophie Smith of Willaston, England, who raised 567 worms during Britain's World Worm Charming Championship.













Please note that the date for this event has changed from the 27th June to the 25th July due to the pause in the ‘roadmap out of covid’ 

Worm Charming rules:


  • Each team to operate in a 2 x 2 metre plot.
  • Teams of up to 4 people per plot.
  • 50 plots available
  • Each team to bring their own tools for charming.
  • Lots to be drawn to allocate plots.
  • Duration of competition to be 30 minutes, starting at about 2.30pm.
  • Worms may not be dug from the ground. Vibrations only to be used.
  • No mechanical vibrators - all vibrations must be made by hand.
  • Nothing toxic is allowed to be used and anyone using a liquid must first take a gulp of the liquid in front of the official judge, the "Worm Master", before using it in the competition.
  • Any form of music may be used to charm the worms out of the earth.
  • Worms to be handled carefully. Incomplete worms won't be counted by the judges.
  • Each competitor may only collect worms from their own plot.
  • The competitor who 'charms' the most worms to be the winner.
  • In the event of a tie, the winner to be decided by a further five minutes of charming.
  • Charmed worms to be released after the birds have gone to roost on the evening of the event.


Image credit Britclip, Youtube, The World Worm Charming Championships


 

Limited edition posters on sale for £10 each. A3 Riso printed, 50 available. All profits will go to LoveLand, Falmouth Food Co-op’s new community field. EMAIL to pre order - collection on the day or postage.  


(Unfortunately I cannot change the date on the riso printed posters to say the 25th July as they have all been printed. The date that Penryn Worm Charming Championships will take place will be different to the date on the poster that you can buy) 


Book you worm charming plot HERE.





Image credit Britclip, Youtube, The World Worm Charming Championships