Archive for April 16th, 2011

16th April 2011, Saturday

East Guldeford – medicinal leech

The warm weather over the past week has made it easy to find this Romney Marsh speciality by splash sampling.  You stand in a ditch and splash for fifteen minutes and after a few minutes the medicinal leeches come looking for a blood meal, swimming through the water towards the disturbance.  This large specimen, placed over a bag because I did not want any accidental bites while I was netting the ditches, shows the size these animals can reach and their characteristic green colouring with a pair of red lines along the back.


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