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How many of you throw snails into your neighbour's garden?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: How many of you throw snails into your neighbour's garden? Reply with quote

Be honest now. Do you give snails in your garden free flying lessons? Do you give their caravanless cousins, slugs, free flying lessons as well or are you discriminatory and, on seeing slugs, behave like a stomping King Kong? Smile Why should snails get the thrill of free flight whilst their cousins don't get a chance?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no point chucking them next door. Apparently they have a homing instinct, so unless you took them to a garden very far away........
Besides, they make a very satisfying crunch when stepped on.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You be honest first Kindred Spirit, you got the idea from somewhere, so are your slimy creatures tossed over that fine boundary wall of yours?

My theory is that snails have a shell to be picked up by without touching the slimy little bastards, hence the flying lesson.. Kill on site is my motto.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did I see that? My mother tosses snails into next door's garden.

I don't find snails and slugs destructive in my garden but as for birds! They're the most destructive wildlife in a garden. Sad They should be banned.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8004453/Snails-have-homing-instinct-amateur-scientist-discovers.html I kill slugs and snails on sight.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And did she pass on that gene?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
And did she pass on that gene?


I don't think so. I have very few snails and slugs here. (Perhaps I need to go to Specsavers. Smile ) I think all the frogs and newts probably eat them My Lizard ate about a hundred Ramshorn Snails and left the cache of shells underneath a Pampas Grass. It was near where I'd left a Liscannor Slate leaning up out of the pond to give creatures a way out.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need a lizard and a gun for the wood pigeons.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my god, I couldn't stop laughing!! Laughing

I don't know why but I do the same thing and have done for a while now. It's strange tho, on the odd day I feel a bit sorry for them so once in a while I find an old shrub I don't like and place them in there instead. But usually it's flying lessons...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thankfully the birds seem to keep the slugs and snails in check. we've found snail shells broken on a granite block near the end of the garden.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure, but I think the thrush has a habit of breaking snail shells.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, a sure sign a hungry thrush has been at work.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I lived in suburbia, I had a surefire way of overcoming any snail's homing instinct- launching them into the lower atmosphere with the assistance of a tennis racket. I reckoned that if I got them five or six gardens away, they'd be sure to stumble onto somebody else's treasured plants before they got back to mine. The dark side of the force is strong in me. Slugs on the other hand......I have some sunflowers in the greenhouse and one of the little feckers got in the other night. I've never done the salt thing but I was sorely tempted.
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Salt works a treat and it gives untold pleasure watching them explode, think of all the future generations gone too.
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