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A new invader to eat rice plants?

The Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) for Britain doesn’t list apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata) as invasive species, but perhaps it should. Apple snails are aquatic. They spread when there’s flooding, when they cling onto larger animals or onto … Continue reading

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Hedgehog population in decline

Adam Vaughan at the Guardian tells us that the hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) is fast becoming rarer in British gardens, parks and hedges. It’s comparable to the declining populations of endangered species such as tigers. If you’re in Britain, you might … Continue reading

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We love hedgehogs!

Originally posted on Wood Elf Weekly:
How cute is this little fellow? Photo from the Guardian. Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are probably one of the UK’s cutest and most iconic woodland mammals, and often feature in some of our most popular literature…

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Pests and wildlife in the year that was

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 … Continue reading

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Lovely weather… for slugs

Our wet summer in Britain has led to increases in slug and snail populations. We British (or was it the English?) have been called ‘a nation of gardeners’ as well as one or two less flattering descriptions. It’s true: gardens … Continue reading

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