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Flatworms and spanish slugs
« on: January 22, 2015, 03:05:45 PM »
Hi Ya, Been reading up on the subject parasites and wonder if any one has first hand experience of either. I have seen big orange slugs on site that look similar to the Spanish one but can't be sure. We used to get big orange slugs where we lived previously but I have only just noticed them recently over the last couple of years in this area. Never seen a flatworm and according to the press they are as voracious as the slugs eating all our compost and earth worms. It seems to be a bigger problem in Scotland from what I can gather. I have looked at pictures on the web but they never seem to look like what I am seeing. Again has any one got, had these interlopers. Be interesting to hear. Will hedgehogs eat the slugs as I have read they produce more slime. Do they go for beer traps and pellets to dispose of them? Interesting. Happy Gardening.

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Re: Flatworms and spanish slugs
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2015, 07:22:01 PM »
I'm not sure about the Spanish slug, but a few years ago there was a huge scare about the New Zealand flat worm that apparently eats our earthworms. The predicted apocalypse of landing up without a single earthworm in the land never materialised though, although they are by now established in the UK. Many predators eat far more earthworms than are eaten by flat worms - hedgehogs and red kites amongst them - we don't want to declare war on them though.

What I find is that the press & other media tend to hype up these stories and conjure up wild panics. In reality the apocalyptic predictions never materialise. I'm not sure about the Spanish slug, it apparently has cannibalistic tendencies (as does some of our own indigenous slugs), the greater problem is their size and ability to devour a lot of seedlings!
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Re: Flatworms and spanish slugs
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2015, 09:46:09 PM »
I can't totally agree, Gee, I think that the apocalyptic level just gets there a bit slower than people expect after the media hype. Take the ousted red squirrel that's been mentioned a few times on the Shed, now confined to the highlands of Scotland, The red American Crayfish relentlessly ousting our indigenous ones, the harlequin ladybirds and I dare say many others. They just drift out of the public awareness when the media tires of them and chooses to  sensationalize something else. I remember reading about the green parrots down in the South East that are slowly and inexorably working their way Westward and Northward, displacing owls, woodpeckers and others. They've gone below the radar for a bit but I'm sure they will be back when it is all too late.
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Re: Flatworms and spanish slugs
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2015, 10:50:41 PM »
I can't totally agree, Gee, I think that the apocalyptic level just gets there a bit slower than people expect after the media hype. Take out ousted red squirrel that's been mentioned a few times on the Shed, now confined to the highlands of Scotland, The red American Crayfish relentlessly ousting our indigenous ones, the harlequin ladybirds and I dare say many others. They just drift out of the public awareness when the media tires of them and chooses to  sensationalize something else. I remember reading about the green parrots down in the South East that are slowly and inexorably working their way Westward and Northward, displacing owls, woodpeckers and others. They've gone below the radar for a bit but I'm sure they will be back when it is all too late.


Those green ring necked parakeets make great ferret food use to shoot them in kent ...

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Re: Flatworms and spanish slugs
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2015, 09:43:05 AM »
I can't totally agree, Gee, I think that the apocalyptic level just gets there a bit slower than people expect after the media hype. Take the ousted red squirrel that's been mentioned a few times on the Shed, now confined to the highlands of Scotland, The red American Crayfish relentlessly ousting our indigenous ones, the harlequin ladybirds and I dare say many others. They just drift out of the public awareness when the media tires of them and chooses to  sensationalize something else. I remember reading about the green parrots down in the South East that are slowly and inexorably working their way Westward and Northward, displacing owls, woodpeckers and others. They've gone below the radar for a bit but I'm sure they will be back when it is all too late.

Never the twain shall meet! On an earlier thread there was me saying "kill them, kill them" when you mentioned the harlequin ladybirds that were swarming into your house for shelter. At that time there was I frothing at the mouth because of the plight of an indigenous species, NOW we seem to have reversed roles!!!
 

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Re: Flatworms and spanish slugs
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2015, 10:28:08 AM »
Just goes to prove that we are broad minded enough to embrace both notions, Gee. Too much of anything can lose its appeal. I suspect that as an Island race we tend to root for the underdog and try and protect what we believe is indigenous to us....and yet...it is always a bit of a thrill when something unusual turns up on the doorstep.
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Re: Flatworms and spanish slugs
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2015, 10:44:37 PM »
Yep - that's probably the root cause Tommo - we're schizophrenic islanders with underdog sympathies!
 

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Re: Flatworms and spanish slugs
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 03:48:20 PM »
Hi Ya, talking to some on the lottie it is a concern that they \are saying the flatworm is back in vogue. Has any one got them? or had them? The spanish slug seems about bu they do say that the cold weather does tend to kill them off. I did pick up that like our ordinary slug they like dark damp places so I will be keeping a wary eye on the plot.