Lewis at Woodlands.co.uk tells us how 2012 – a rather wet year was a good one for slugs in Britain, especially the Spanish stealth slug (Arion flagellu) which I mentioned in July. A good year for slugs is bad news for farmers and growers, and for ecosystems. This alien slug carries diseases and parasites which might drive some of our native molluscs to extinction.
Lewis’ article also tells us how the wet weather was bad news for birds, butterflies and bees in Britain. That affected crops of honey and apples, among other things. My blog’s been quite negative recently, hasn’t it? But there’s not much point pretending that news is better than it really is. 2012 was a harsh year on the land.