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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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08 August, 2010

Large Black Slug (Deroceras reticulatum)

If snails are a ;problem in gardens, what does that make the slug? Slugs would probably come out number 1 in a poll of gardens to say which is the most troublesome garden pest. People will stop at nothing to try and keep them under control it seems. My wife used to do a morning patrol of their favoured hiding places and collect them up in a pot and we would dump them somewhere well out of range when we went out. Even slugs are protected from harm in our garden but they are not safe from eviction!

This Large Black Slug also occurs in various other forms including brown and a chestnut versions. Although it will apparently eat anything it is not a species that does much damage in the garden, that honour falls to the smaller Netted Slug.

I guess the poor slug is not going to be popular with anyone as it has little going for it. However, Hedgehogs, Frogs and Grass Snakes are all very partial to a tasty slug so someone loves them.