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Spanish slug-spotting


BBC news page:

“Scientists are asking people to report sightings of Spanish slugs, to see how much of a threat they are to Britain.

The Spanish slug is much larger, and more resistant to slug pellets than species native to the UK.

Tristan Maclean, a scientist from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, explains how they differ from ordinary slugs"

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Thanks very much for these links Fran. I didn't know how big they are!! Hope I never have to deal with any.

19 Oct, 2013


they're a fairly new invsasion, nothing's learned to prey on them yet, which is what they're worried about, I think: bigger, breed faster and more eggs, and unpreyed on - disaster scenario!

19 Oct, 2013


lol would holy water work? or an exorcism??

20 Oct, 2013


Thanks Fran, thats all we need. Giant slugs!!

20 Oct, 2013


Do these slugs play guitars or stomp about with castanets? We already have some long slithery buff slugs with orangy yellow undersides. They can munch away, as I grow no veggies. If something might be vulnerable I protect with dried holly leaves. If they really annoy me, a light sprinkle of salt does the trick rapidly.

20 Oct, 2013


Saw that report on BBC ... thanks, Fran, for the update :o)

20 Oct, 2013


I think I mentioned this a while ago Fran the John Innes centre isn't far from us I occasionally catch bugs for their tests these slugs have been know to munch through whole crops in fields they will also eat small creatures ...

20 Oct, 2013


Yikes!!!! I hope it's too cold for them up here!!!

20 Oct, 2013


could you all spread the word, or the link at least, thorugh your own networks of contacts? the more people involved in the survey, I think, the better all round

20 Oct, 2013

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