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Roman Snail

Observed: 28th May 2009 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
Invertebrates expert
Helix pomatia - Pulpit Hill

An impressively large snail! There are quite a lot of these on the chalk of the Chilterns escarpment, although this one was in an area of conifer plantation where the leaf-litter was presumably more acidic. These snails are now protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I saw one of these beauties while I was walking in Pednor Vale this afternoon. Although our area is very chalky, this snail was in the bracken alongside a path. I have NEVER seen one before and although I recognised it from books (Natural History and Cookery!) I had no idea it was so local! Extra pleased now! Have you seen them before??

Liz, dodging kids, chores, hens and clegs.

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I've only seem them since I've been living near the Chilterns for the last few years, and was pleased to make their acquaintance. Excuse my ignorance, but whereabouts is Pednor Vale?

Entomologist and biological recorder