Wyre Forest Study Group – Mollusc articles

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Slender Pond Snail – Brett Westwood

Brett Westwood documents finding the Slender Pond Snail Omphiscola glabra in a pond near to Hawkbatch Car Park. Preferring ancient woodland and un-disturbed sites this snail is uncommon in the UK.

(From Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2022)

Slug (and other) records from Worcestershire Entomologists- Chris de Feu

Chris de Feu provided our keynote presentation at Entomology Day, he asked that members look for and bring slugs along for identification. In all, 113 slug records, three of snails and four of Riccardoella mites which can infest slugs – 120 records in total.

(From Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2022)

Malacolimax tenellus – Rosemary Hill

Rosemary Hill describes a joint field meeting with Conchological Society of Great Britain during which they went in search of Malacolimax tenellus, the Lemon Slug.

(From Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2021)

Aquatic Day – Mike Averill

Enjoying what, with hindsight, was one of the last days of sunshine of 2019, Mike Averill describes a day out dipping in one of the few permanent ponds in the forest near Uncillys. Although no fish were caught  by the end of the day the group had recorded a mixed bag of some 36 species of insects, crustaceans and molluscs, plus a final sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher.

(From Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2019)

Molluscs & a rare fly from a Wyre Flush – Mick Blythe & Rosemary Winnall

In association with the botanical survey carried out by Dr Ann Hill on the Shelf Held Coppice wet flush (as detailed in the article ‘ Wyre Forest Flushes: A Botanical Study in Shelf Held Coppice‘, Mick and Rosemary visited the site to record flies and molluscs. A summary of their findings are recorded here.

(From Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2018)

Malacolimax tenellus search in Wyre Forest 2018 – Rosemary Hill

While the Slender Slug or Lemon Slug (Malacolimax tenellus) has been known to occur in Wyre Forest for some years, it wasn’t until 2008 that any systematic survey work on this species was undertaken. In this article Rosemary provides detailed notes and mapping of this slug’s occurance in the Wyre Forest 

(From Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2018)

Slugs and Snails Beware! – Mike Bloxham

The Author describes two beetles that predate molluscsCychrus carboides and the glow-worm Lampyris noctiluca.

(From Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2014)

Spermodea lamellata found in Wyre Forest – Rosemary Winnall

The find of this tiny snail measuring 1.6mm was unexpected and a special record, the first in the West Midlands

(From the Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2013)

The Search for the Lemon Slug! 30th October 2010 – Rosemary Winnall
The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland joined the Wyre Forest Study Group for a field day in the Wyre Forest to search for the Lemon Slug. It was found at a number of sites and notes were made about which fungi it was feeding on and other molluscs found during the search.

(From the Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2011)

Interesting Records 2007 – John Bingham John Bingham illustrates four invertebrates of note recorded in the Wyre Forest during 2007 – the beetle Plateumaris sericea, the ant Formicoxenus nitidulus, the parasitic hymenopteran Gasteruption jaculator and slug Malacolimax tenellus

(From the Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2007)Study Group’s REVIEW 2014)

Conchological Society of Great Britain visit Wyre Forest, June 2004 – Harry Green 

Members of the Conchological Society spent two days in June 2004 recording molluscs from various habitats in the Wyre Forest and the results are provided in this article. 

(From the Wyre Forest Study Group REVIEW 2004)Study Group’s REVIEW 2014)

Euconlus fulvus - 3mm - Rosemary Winnall

Euconlus fulvus – 3mm

 Rosemary Winnall

Malacolimax tenellus – Lemon Slug

 Rosemary Winnall

Lemon Slug

Malacolimax tenellus

Glow-worm larva leaving snail 

Mike Bloxham