Listening to BBC Radio Four news and among the serious headlines was news of research from Exeter University on snails. Yep snails! Well it made me smile. They were fitted with LED lights, UV paint applied and then their gardening forays were captured on time lapse cameras. A snail can roam 25 metres in 24 hours, averaging just over 1 metre an hour. They form convoys, borrowing each others slime trails because producing slime uses up a third of their energy. All gardeners know that snails home and teaching them to fly doesn’t reduce the problem! Being an ecologist, the researcher encouraged us to “Engage with your Snails” rather than poisoning the wildlife.

Judging by the piles of broken shells in the garden I have a few allies I’d like to keep!