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Edible Snail

Observed: 4th May 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in Invertebrates
Snail, Edible, Helix pomatia, Great Amwell, 2012-05-04 002 reduced
Snail, Edible, Helix pomatia, Great Amwell, 2012-05-04 003 reduced
Description:

I hasten to add that I didn't eat it. This was a really big snail. That's my penknife on the right of the first picture.

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andyk's picture

Edible - but protected

Yes, lots of these about at the moment but be advised that they are a protected species (Schedule 5, Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981). We recently caught a man collecting them (about 35 lbs. weight) on a SSSI!

Andy Keay

Simon Walker's picture

Blimey!

Hi Andy,

Thirty-five pounds! That's a lot of snails - they can't all have been for his own consumption. Restaurant perhaps? What happened?

Don't worry, they're quite safe from me, I assure you! And I'll tell anyone I see that they're protected; I confess that I didn't know that.

I thought he or she was rather splendid, and impressively large. Why are there so many about at the moment?

andyk's picture

Restaurant trade

Apparently there are some restaurants that will accept Roman snails without asking where they were obtained. In this case I took hold of the two large shopping bags and wouldn't let go - told the bloke that he could leave the site but the snails weren't going with him! After a short tug-of-war, he decided that he wasn't going to win, so he left and I returned the snails to their habitat. I realise that I should have phoned the police but a) I didn't have my phone with me and b) I can just imagine the response from the police!

Andy Keay