June 2016: Phoenix Event – World Worm Charming Championships

Two teams from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers joined a host of Worm charmers from around the globe as they battled it out in the 37th World Worm Charming Championships in Nantwich.


The trophy stayed in Willlaston this year as Hope Smith, a year 5 pupil at Willaston Primary Academy, was victorious coaxing an incredible 272 worms from the ground in 30 minutes.
Hope won the Championship Trophy, following in her sister Sophie’s footsteps, who won back in 2009 with a world record 567 worms.

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The two Wildlife Explorer teams had more modest hauls of worms. Plots were inspected by the International Federation of Charming Worms and Allied Pastimes (IFCWAP) who also publish the competition rules in a number of different languages before the competition kicked off.
Participants in each of the 144 plots had 30 minutes to collect as many worms as possible from their 3×3 metre plot.
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As usual all the participants had great fun charming the worms, enjoying the entertainment and sharing a range of picnic goodies.
Our teams have been spurred on to work hard in the coming year to improve their techniques and bolster their training regime in hope of a 2017 victory for Macclesfield.

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