snail pace

July 29, 2006

An endangered snail that almost stopped construction of the A34 Newbury bypass is now extinct at the site where developers promised to protect it, campaigners said yesterday. Desmoulin’s whorl snail, a mollusc no bigger than a match head, became the unlikely hero of protesters when it was discovered living a quiet life in the path of the planned bypass 10 years ago. The Highways Agency admitted that the snails had “crashed” but did not say whether they were exceeding the speed limit at the time. According to environmentalists “The snails appear to have disappeared. They have very demanding living conditions.” A spokesman added that they insist on organically grown mixed continental salad with roxket and “none of that boring old iceberg lettuce please.”

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