Why would hundreds of worms appear on the pavement?

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Offline old_bob

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Hi,  yesterday morning around 10 am there were literally hundreds of worms on pavements on the 400 metre route to my newsagent. They were 50-60 mm long and no more than 1 mm dia, I assume they were new born, but not sure. Maybe 70% were dead, the rest were moving very feebly. This morning there were no worms on the pavements at all.
« Last Edit: 25/03/2011 09:04:33 by chris »

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Re: Why would hundreds of worms appear on the pavement?
« Reply #1 on: 28/02/2011 06:07:58 »
Those lucky birds

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Re: Why would hundreds of worms appear on the pavement?
« Reply #2 on: 16/03/2011 15:35:26 »
Very disappointed that nobody interested in this - some organisms and species breed at the very identical time / moon phase each year - was this a one off?

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Re: Why would hundreds of worms appear on the pavement?
« Reply #3 on: 16/03/2011 17:32:04 »
Water brings worms to the surface : they can't breath underwater. (recent heavy rainfall ?)

[The use of water is banned in worm charming  [:)] ] 

Allegedly vibrations will bring them to the surface ... http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/125405.php
(recent roadwork jackhammer ?, earth tremor ?).
« Last Edit: 16/03/2011 17:49:23 by RD »

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Re: Why would hundreds of worms appear on the pavement?
« Reply #4 on: 16/03/2011 18:32:44 »
The first thing that popped into my head was frac, the process used to fracture the earth to release natural gas.  Seems logical that worms could be chased out and/or killed by either the vibration or the release of gasses.  Is gas produced in your area?   
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