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Nature offers a window on global natural history, providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment, and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it.
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BRETT WESTWOOD
Brett Westwood
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Monday 5 February 2007
A common snail
A common snail

SNAILS

Brett Westwood looks at the unknown sides to one of small animals in the world - the Snail.

Snails have lived alongside us for as long as we have walked on the earth. Most of us just think of them as garden pests but in this week's Nature snails take on a new light. Snails are pioneers in medical research, indicators of environmental change and wonderful food for both pigs and humans. Most native British snails are less that 5mm across! The voracious pest in the garden is a Roman introduction, along with the increasingly rare true Roman snails so loved by gourmets still today.
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