French worms found on farm in Ireland

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A THRIVING colony of Mediterranean French earthworms has been found on a farm in Dublin.

Global warming could explain how the worms swapped their home in sunny south-west France for the Emerald Isle, scientists believe.

Rising soil temperatures may be extending the habitat range of the worm. “Earthworms are frequently introduced into non-native soils by human activities like the transportation of plants,” said Dr Olaf Schmidt, from University College Dublin.