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Slug solution....

 I found a slow worm on the allotment today. I hadn't seen one before, me thinks it's home was under the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot. I was a little bit slow though, another plot holder came and decided it was better housed on her plot.

Just checked them out on the internet and they eat slugs, there was an opportunity lost image.  

Presumably where there's one, there maybe more where that one came from thoughimage.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    It will probably make its way back to your plot Zoomer, if that's where the best slugs areimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    There's probably a small army of slugs on the plot although I've not seen any yet, not even in the stone pile but if there are slow worms they'll be keeping the population under controlimage.


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I'd have a small wildlife area specifically for slow worms. There's guidance for creating a space on the RSPB website, link below.



  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    we used to have a few ,silver and coppery  coloured ones in Wales, just superb creatures, if your lucky and there's more DONT  move them,they wake up about now and start mating ,hopefuly 7 to 9 live young in Aug to Sept, they eat slow moving small stuff including snails and slugs,your luckyimage.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I thought I was rather lucky tooimage...apparently the hybinate and may have woken up due to the warm weather, it was nice and warm here on Sunday.

    The site hasn't been touched for a couple of years and at the bottom is a huge pile of stones, rotting wood, old carpet with brambles and roots growing through which is probably where they are living but it covers nearly 1/3 of the site.. 

    I'll need to re think what I'm going to do with the area now, I was going to clear it, make a compost area and plant rubarb, possibly fruit bushes and flowers but prehaps now need to think about how to leave it untamed but useful. Suggestions welcome, one point though the committee inspects your site monthly and newbies are on a probationary period if you don't show sufficient progress then you get a warningimage...

    Should I ask their advice... I don't want other allotmenteers thinking they can rehouse them thoughimageimage...  

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157

    Some ammunition for you -  Slow worms are protected under English law - it is illegal to harm them in any way - so you should preserve their habitat - more info here .  image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    One thing I've found, an allotment, it's alot different from growing stuff in the back garden and I've bearly started. There's far more wildlife, zillions of ladybirds and different varieties of butterflies. Lots of good guys to keep down the pests. 

    Leaving untidy area's as natural habitats is a nice prospect. The nettles can be used to make feed and I'll wait to see if any more slow worms appear from the stone pileimage.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I have a picture of the slow worm saved in my word documents, if anyone wants to see it you'll have to tell me how to put it on the forum. I've never done this before.

    Ever so excited, it was sent via e-mail from the neighbouring plot holders to the allotment association who forwarded it onimage.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    Hi Zoomer you click on the green tree in the toolbar and click select. select the file in your computer, upload and save. Sometimes it takes ages so don't think it isn't working. If it's a very large photo shrink it a bit. 

    I generally put them on at about 1000MB.

    I think they're MBs but don't rely on me for tech stuff. 1000 somethings

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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