This survey aims to gather up-to-date information on the distribution of two of our native animals, the Leopard Slug and Badger. Both animals are thought to be widespread, but are under-recorded in the TWIC area.

We need your help!

If you see a Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) or Badger (Meles meles) in south-east or central Scotland, please let us know. 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. For a factsheet on Leopard Slug click here or for a Badger factsheet click here. To submit a record for either species, please fill in the form below.

Results to date

Since the launch of the survey in September 2012 we have received more than 800 records, with Badger sightings accounting for around three quarters of all records received. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

Records from the survey can be viewed on the NBN Atlas Scotland. Badger records are uploaded at 2km square resolution because of their sensitive nature (especially sett information).

Further information

  • The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland is a key resource for identifying and recording molluscs (including slugs and snails). 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.