There are in the UK an estimated 12 quadriilion (estimated as couldn't be counted!) small soil animals, according to  Countryside Survey (2007) p167. While lots of people are  looking into space and asking whether life exists out there, most people haven't a clue just how many specs of life exist under our feet. A quadrillion is a thousand trillions, and most people couldn't name one species..

European Citizen's Initiative 'to save the soils of Europe' They have a petition to gain a milloin supporters by the end of the year.
Main objectives:
Recognize soil as a shared heritage that needs EU level protection, as it provides essential benefits connected to human well-being and environmental resilience; develop a dedicated legally binding framework covering the main soil threats: erosion, sealing, organic matter decline, biodiversity loss and contamination; integrate soil related UN Sustainable Development Goals into EU policies; properly account and reduce greenhouse gases emissions from the farming and forestry sectors.

Don't' treat the soil like dirt.  
This website that tries to spell the role of small creatures called invertebrates - much smaller than worms, but bigger than spores and bacateria, and found in soils throughout the world, is my contribution to the International Year of Soils. See developments

I also  wrote Opening Analysis (Called 'Dont treat the soil like dirt') in FEC Magazine Spring 2012  Soil; A Fragile Foundation  and for Soil Day 2014 I wrote  Save our Soils FEC Blog
Dont treat soil like dirt

This 'Soil Animal' site aims to open up a debate about the role of soil animals in the future of the earth.
Ce site de "Animal sols» vise à ouvrir un débat sur le rôle des animaux du sol dans l'avenir de la terre 
Part 1 - The Birth of the Earth examines how the soil was formed, and the key role played by small soil animals, many million years ago. Soil evolution seems to be taken for granted, yet it was crucial to later evolution of nature as we know it today.
When you see evolution tables, they do not usually mention the soil. However, if you believe that the soil is a 'living entity' (somewhere between 'organism' and 'ecosystem'), then it must have evolved at some point. But when? Before you read on, could you complete the soil birth survey - it will only take a couple of minutes.

La naissance de la Terre examine comment la terre a été formée, et le rôle clé joué par les animaux du sol de petites, de nombreux millions d'années. L'évolution des sols semble êtrepris pour acquis, mais il était crucial pour l'évolution ultérieure de la nature telle que nous la connaissons aujourd'hui.

Part 2 - Digging the Dirt investigates scientific research carried out many years ago into how soil animals may be affected by pesticides. 'Pesticides & Paradigms' reappraises the finding in the light of changing 'paradigms' of thought.

Fouiller le Dirt enquête recherches scientifiques effectuées il ya plusieurs années dans la façon dont les animaux du sol peut être affectée par les pesticides. «Pesticides et paradigmes»réévalue la conclusion à la lumière de l'évolution des«paradigmes» de la pensée.
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Charlie Clutterbuck,
Apr 26, 2012, 7:59 AM