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National Kerry Slug Survey

The Kerry Slug is found in Spain, Portugal, West Cork and Kerry. A new survey, run from NUI, Galway, aims to find out if this little fellow has moved into other areas of

Ireland. Normally it is found in oak dominated woodland and unimproved open moor or blanket bog. Within these habitats it is only present if there are sandstone outcrops and boulders largely bare of vegetation except for lichens, mosses and liverworts on which the species is thought to feed. 'We need to get the public involved in this survey to extend our knowledge of the Kerry Slug's distribution within Ireland' says Dr. Rory Mc Donnell, Applied Ecology Unit, National University of Ireland, Galway. 'This is an easily identifiable slug' says Rory, 'with two colourations, both with spots. They are either brown with yellow spots, typical of woodland specimens or black with white spots, typical of peatland specimens. Lastly, when disturbed, the slug curls itself up into a defensive ball. We encourage observers to submit a photograph with their records.
Rory heads up the collaboration between the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) the Applied Ecology Unit at the National University of Ireland, Galway and