Friday 15 November, 18.29pm-18.45pm. Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65
With Imogen Cavadino
Slugs and snails are notorious horticultural pests, widely detested by gardeners. However, not all species of slug and snail found in the UK are considered plant pests, with many species playing important roles in breaking down decaying material and recycling nutrients into the soil. In domestic gardens the presence of these pests is usually recognized by feeding damage, with the culprit species not identified, and little is actually known about which slug and snail species are present in UK gardens. Using citizen science, this project seeks to engage with gardeners in the UK and empower them to identify species of slug found in their garden and learn to appreciate and tolerate them.