Helping rare Bermuda snails survive


Bermuda land snail

From The Scotsman:

Mon 28 Nov 2005

Rare species goes at snails’ pace to beat extinction

RARE snails flown to London Zoo in an attempt to save them from extinction have successfully reproduced.

A colony of 56 Bermudan land snails were brought to the UK in February after the native population fell to critically low levels.

Just 300 remained after being hunted to the edge of extinction by predatory snails and ants.

After successful breeding there are now about 70 adults and 157 juveniles at the zoo in Regent’s Park.

The Bermuda Natural History Museum, which had been monitoring the snails, asked the zoo for help after numbers among the single surviving colony fell dramatically.

A programme was set up to establish a thriving population of the snails away from their natural habitat and the predators who were hunting them.

Experts at the zoo have also taken the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the creatures to help conserve them.

They have been monitoring egg batches and hatchling snails to clarify average clutch size, incubation periods, time taken for snails to reach maturity and life expectancy.

Giant snails invasion of Barbados: here.

UK: Menezes family hails Blair inquiry


Cousin of De Menezes at Stockwell tube stationFrom London daily News Line:

Tuesday, 29 November 2005

‘THEY ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THEIR LIES!’ – Menezes family hails Blair inquiry

‘This will be the start, they are going to pay for all their lies, all the shootings,’ Alex Pereira, the cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes told News Line yesterday.

He said: ‘I am very happy Commissioner Blair is being investigated, he should resign’.

Pereira was responding to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmation that it is beginning an investigation of the conduct of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair and his officers, after the police murder of unarmed young Brazilian electrician, De Menezes at Stockwell Tube last July 22nd.

Alex Pereira added to News Line: ‘We asked the IPCC to do that a month ago.

‘Commissioner Blair showed us no respect.

‘At 3.30pm when he made his statement he knew that my cousin was a Brazilian and not a terrorist.

‘He made a false statement.

‘He has to answer why no-one went to Jean Charles’ house to give us the news of his death.’