The Roman snails were out in force. We must have seen 30 - 40, without really hunting very hard for them. They're quite well disguised in the dead beech leaves, so you have to get your eye in when you're in the woods. They're much easier to spot out on the grassy slopes.
There's something really quite endearing about them. I'm not sure whether it's just because they're so big, their big googly eyes or the fact that they don't really hide back in their shells. Whatever it is, they are a firm favourite of ours!
|Bug Mad Girl can't resist picking one up for a closer look|
|A slug hitching a ride on a Roman snail|
|This one was sat on what I think is a nice bit of wall scalewort (a type of liverwort)|
|A Roman snail and a Strawberry snail|
|Maybe still hibernating|
|A Roman snail sized hole in the mud|
|I'll let you try and work out which bit of which snail is where!|
|It looks like quite a slimy business! Wonder what colour the babies will be?|
We came across several other types of snail, including some tiny little Door snails with long, thin, pointed shells and one that looked more like a pond snail than a land snail.
|Tiny little door snail|
|Another door snail|
|Badly our of focus I'm afraid, but we thought this one looked like a pond snail|
|Yellow shell and less whorls than the others|
Some lovely big black slugs were out and about as well.
There was plenty to see apart from the snails...
We found some Common Spotted Orchids growing. I'd started to worry a little as I hadn't seen any before today. They have the best leaves that look like animal print. Not long now until we see some flowers.
|Leaves of the Common Spotted Orchid|
|We wondered if this was a different type of orchid growing - but we'll |
have to wait and see to be sure!
|Hart's Tongue Fern - just emerging|
|Hart's Tongue Fern - more mature fronds|
Another great trip to Pulpit Hill!