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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

A hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum)
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'Spots and Stripes' Survey

TWIC's 'Spots and stripes' survey' aims to gather up-to-date information on the distribution of two of our native animals, the Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) and Badger (Meles meles), in south-east and part of central Scotland. Both animals are thought to be widespread, but are under-recorded in our area (few people actively look for slugs)!

We need your help!

We would like you to let us know every time you see a Leopard Slug or Badger in south-east or central Scotland. The distinctive markings of both species should mean that they are readily identifiable. However, if you are in any doubt of your identification, please send us a photograph, so an expert can confirm your sighting. This is particularly useful for slug sightings. Links to our factsheets on both animals can be found on the left hand side of the page.

If you see a Leopard Slug or Badger please let us know!

Follow this link to submit a Badger record online. Follow this link to submit a Leopard Slug record online.

Note that Badger road kill sightings are as useful to us.

Results to date

Thank you to everyone who has submitted records to the survey so far. Since the launch of the survey in September 2012 we have received in excess of 800 records, with Badger sightings accounting for around three-quarters of all records received. Please continue to submit your sightings to TWIC.

Records from the survey can be viewed on the NBN Atlas Scotland. Because of the sensitive nature of Badger records (especially sett information), the data have been uploaded at 2km-square resolution.

Further information

  • The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland is a key source of information on identifying and recording molluscs (slugs and snails) in the UK. Their website includes information on how to find and identify molluscs as well as links to other useful resources.
  • Scottish Badgers promote the study, conservation and protection of Scotland's badgers.

TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. This project is supported by NatureScot.