6th March 2022
Slugs and snail are not pests but essential members of the garden ecosystem. As well as new shoots (which is where gardeners feel aggrieved) slugs and snails eat dead and rotting leaves, algae, dead animals and even animal faeces. They help keep their local environment clean. They are essential workers in compost heaps. Their own faeces are nitrogen rich and fertilise the soil.
Slugs and snails are important as food for other creatures, especially birds, frogs and toads, and hedgehogs. A thriving eco system needs all its key members to be present.
Gardeners can of course be proactive in choosing when and where and what plants to grow so as to minimise their losses.