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  • The Big Snail Count

Bayer makers of Advocate are undertaking a nationwide ecological experiment. They're asking families across the country to spend 10 minutes in their garden and tell us what they discover in the way of slugs and snails.

What slimy surprises are lurking in your garden?

With a growing number of slugs and snails in the UK, Bayer want to find out where they are most common and how they spend their time in our gardens. With this information, they will be able to help raise awareness of the potential risk of lungworm.

What you need to do:

1. Find them-set a timer for 10 minutes and start your slug and snail hunt. Stop your search when the time is up.

2.Count them-once your 10 minutes is up, record how many you have found, noting down any interesting locations or findings. Don't forget to take pictures!

3.Submit your findings-visit 'Jungle for Pets' Facebook page to input your data and send it to Bayer. Show Bayer your pictures using the #bigsnailcount hashtag to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 prizes.

You can download guidance notes, data collection sheets and slug/snail identification charts from

Happy counting!