Roman Snails (Helix pomatia), also known as edible snails, were added to schedule 5 of the wildlife and countryside act in 2008. We currently have a ‘holding pen’ of snails who are waiting to be released when their site has been given the all clear. So, we thought it would be a great time to get a little closer to them.
Roman snails aren’t wide spread, mainly found through the South East of England, Chilterns and Cotswolds. However, they are more generalist in their habitat preferences and can be found in open woodland, tussocky grassland, hedge banks, chalk quarries and scrub land. They like areas where they can seek sun and shade, depending on how they feel, and have a bit of protection from predators as well.
Our snails started to come out of hibernation a few weeks ago, and seem happy to eat cabbages and cauliflowers. We supplement them with chalk and water them regularly. We’ll release them back into the wild as soon as the development on their site has stopped and the area is safe for them again.