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Snail Trail 2015 - January 2015

Hi all.

I just thought I'd best share the snail species I have seen so far this year. In January I saw a total of twelve species. If I can keep this rate up, month by month, by the end of the year I'll have easily seen all the land snails and more.

So, without futher ado, my 12 species from January:

Vitrina pellucida, Winter Semi-slug or Pellucid Glass Snail

A common and widespread species, easily found in disturbed habitats such as gardens, wasteland and brownfield sites. It is usually found as an adult during the winter months, hence...

Snail Trail 2015

Several years ago I read Patrick Barkham’s ‘The Butterfly Isles’ and was struck by a particular thought. What he achieved was seeing fifty-nine species of the most colourful, visible and well-documented insects in the UK. A feat, I may add, that has been achieved by at least two people I met on a single day on a nature reserve this past July, i.e. a lot of people have done it.

Aren’t I critical? I haven’t even done it myself. Perhaps that’s where all my vitriol stems from – I’ve never had the time or money to try it.

How about ‘Dragonflight’ then, where Marianne Taylor...


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