Look

When we ask you to look for the soil animals, the obvious difficulty is they are hard to see. Look at DIY on how to extract them from the soil

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 of them. Let's have an overview of the key soil characters

We are going to look at them from the Top to Bottom, on the way looking at the small soil creatures and how they interact with each other and other parts of the soil.

Then we'll have a look at the state of UK soils, in relation to these mesofauna see UK Soil Survey.  There is a lot of talk nowadays about 'Soil Health' and what is meant by that. We're going to try and determine soil animal indicators of good soil health - look at Soil Health Indicators