Commerical Worm Species: Our Blue Nosed Worms


Blue Nose Worms—
  • Feed On A Wide Variety Of Food Wastes
  • Respond To Rapid Multiplication Techniques
  • Are A Large And Extremely Tough Worm
  • Can Be Produced Indoors Or Outside
  • Can Withstand Long Periods In Transit Without Food
  • Satisfy The Exacting Requirements Of Anglers
  • Will Thrive On All Continents
  • Live Near The Surface Making Picking Very Economical
  • Are Big Eaters, Therefore Produce Masses Of Valuabe Worm Castings
  • Are Perfect For Garden Composting

Wonder Worms UK have been so successful developing local, national and international markets for our superior Blue Nose Worms that for the last 10 years we have achieved an annual sales increase in excess of 20%, with the exception of 2001 during the disastrous foot and mouth crisis, which of course severely restricted access to the rivers and canals frequented by our thousands of angling customers. Fortunately those problems are now behind us, and angling is once again one of our major growth markets for live Blue Nose Worms and the products we make from them.

The Pedigree of Blue Nosed Worms

When Charlie Denham first began collecting worms in the late 1960s, his knowledge of different worm species was slight. Some worms were larger than others, grey in colour and found mainly on fertile land. Others were much smaller and a stripy red colour. These smaller reddish worms were found living in large numbers in and around the edges of manure piles and in drying sewage on large settlement beds. Another worm was discovered in leaf litter in mixed woodland, and in rich fertile soils farmed without the use of herbicides and chemical fertilizers.

We now know from university biology departments that hundreds of different species of worms are present in our soils, woodlands and waterways.

Blue Nosed Worms

Charlie made no attempt to segregate the different types of worms he collected and over a period of a few years of experimenting with feeds and beddings, only 3 distinct types of worms survived in what he called commercial numbers. The three types were sold to anglers as mixed sized worms and were called Wonder Worms.

In those early days anglers were forming into clubs. Serious competitions were developing, with good prize money for the winners with the heaviest catchers. Match anglers, as they became known, started to ask for more of the larger worms and they were prepared to pay good money for them.

Charlie started to pick the larger worms separately; and consequently his breeding beds were becoming saturated with smaller stripy red worms. Desperate to breed more worms of a larger type, the beds were picked of all the remaining large worms, which were then successfully bred as a separate species.

These large worms have a ‘petrol on water’ type of blue tint on their nose end and the name Blue Nose Worms was born, which we still use today. Later on, the small reddish worms were separated into two types. One a small, very deep red worm which was most popular as a hook worm, the other, more stripy worm was discarded, because anglers preferred the redder coloured one, which we now know to be Rubbellus Terrestris, and the stripy worm, Eisenia Foetida. The very large grey worm is Lumbricus Terrestris or Lob Worm and is very difficult to breed under commercial conditions. Most of our Lob Worms are purchased from pickers who collect them at night with red torches, mainly in the spring and autumn.

Worms Boxed

The worms we call Blue Nose are known to the angling fraternity as dendrobaena or Dendros. Some respected biologists call them Dendrobaena Veneta, others refer to then as Eisenia Hortensis. Our angling customers can call them what they like, as long as they keep coming back for more! It breeds well, grows big, is tough, lives well in tubs, and is very hardy outdoors, at an altitude of 1,000 feet in the Pennines. What is more, it satisfies the requirements of all our rapidly developing markets.

Charlie has never claimed to have a species of worm that is unique and is some form of hybrid, which is definitely not the case, but the worms that Charlie picked from the wild over 30 years ago bear no resemblance to the worms he now supplies. The so called Blue Nose Worms have evolved into highly productive, tough, hardy, easily managed worms that tolerate indoor and outdoor conditions, and thrive on a wide range of bio-degradable wastes.