Spot the species. There are four here, and the toad didn't seem interested in any of them. I wonder which of them the eggs belong to?
Oh my! That's worse than the time I looked under my waterbutt stand.
I like the toad best, by a long shot
He looks quite tubby - I wonder how many slugs there were to start with
I was wondering that.
To return to the original question, does anyone know what species they are and which, if any, are the useful carnivorous ones?
In my experience the field slug and the keeled slug are the ones that do the damage
not too good with slugs, but I think the large ones are an Arion species. Looks like you've quite a population!
These were under a piece of hardboard near the compost heap, so possibly a favoured environment!
Big horrid looking slugs eat little damaging slugs, so having a good mixture of types is a good thing. The little keel ones are the monsters as far as your garden is concerned, they eat roots, stems, leaves and any other parts of plants that they can reach - and they can reach them all!