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Field ID of Slugs (WM Region)

  • Location: FSC Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Chris Du Feu
  • Date: Wednesday 02 October 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Beginners
  • Course Fee: £5

There are around 40 different species of slugs occurring naturally outdoors in the British Isles. They can consume over 500 varieties of plants and vegetation and can consume around forty times their weight in the space of a day. Despite destroying plants, most slug species are not pests. Most are found underground as they mostly eat decomposing vegetation, making them a vital part of the ecosystem. Some species can be identified and recorded in the field by using pots and hand lenses to look at their characteristics.


This course will include classroom sessions and practice at identifying live slugs in the field or back in the classroom (before releasing them). On this course you will be:

  • introduced to slug ecology
  • shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
  • practice identification techniques and learn where to go for help
  • introduced to submitting slug records

Please note: this course is aimed at adults only and is not suitable for children. 

Chris began his interest natural history during his degree course at Warwick, becoming interested in birdwatching as a welcome distraction from his mathematics revision! He joined the BTO in 1974, became a ringer in 1976 and soon became involved in nestbox monitoring schemes. After becoming intrigued by finding Tree Slugs using his woodland nest boxes, Chris began a slug-recording group at the school he was teaching at. Chris is a member of the Conchological Society and is one of its few members who admits to being more interested in slugs than in snails! In March 2002 Chris retired, created more time for all things ornithological and conchological. He often conducts slug workshops. Attendees are asked to collect slugs from their gardens and bring them to the event, this has proved an excellent source of species records of this under-recorded group.


This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Fund).

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