The main goal is to realize a large survey of Loën quarry malacofauna, that is land and freshwater snails (molluscs).

These poorly known animals contribute to the biodiversity : there are about 200 land and freshwater species in Belgium (about 100.000 marine, land freshwater species in the world). The land snails live in various biotopes : forests, wetlands, cliffs, rocks, screes, fields, dry landscape, …  The freshwater snails live in flowing as well as in standing waters. They are almost all also accurate indicators of environmental health.

That's because it would be of very high interest to identify, photograph on the field, list and establish distribution maps of these interesting species, especially in the Loën quarry because one can find there various biotopes sites, sites that are closed and so protected. Moreover, the quarry is located between other biodiversity interesting areas where native and invasive molluscs species has been already reported.

 

25sep

Looking again for snails and slugs in the far southern part of Loën quarry (20/08/2016)

Seventh and last prospecting to find minute snails we have possibly missed.

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17sep
17sep

The various biotopes of the Loën quarry

Each biotope corresponds to some snails (and slugs) species

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06sep

Identifying slugs of the Loën quarry

Discover why they are not all ugly pests to destroy without mercy

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06sep

Identifying snails of the Loën quarry (III) : rather common snails

All the easy to see snails are not Roman snails or Banded snails : have a look …

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28aoû

Looking again for snails and slugs in the southern woods of Loën quarry (06/08/2016)

Sixth successfully prospecting to find snails and slugs at the Loën quarry on a bright sunny day after a rainy week

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12aoû

Finding snails and slugs on the sunny slopes of the Loën quarry (13/07/2016)

Fifth prospecting to find snails and slugs at the Loën quarry : rocky fields, shrubs and bright woodlands on the northern sunny slopes and crests.

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30juil

Looking for snails and slugs in and around the lake of the Loën quarry (29/05/2016)

New prospecting to find snails and slugs but also freshwater molluscs.

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09juin

What are the work and the tools of a field malacologist ?

How do proceed the malacologists to survey the snails and slugs fauna ?

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09juin

Finding snails and slugs in the woods at the foot of the cliffs of the Loën quarry (14/05/2016)

Third prospecting to find snails and slugs at the Loën quarry : rocky soils and woods at the foot of the northern cliffs.

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04juin

Looking for snails and slugs in the woods of Loën quarry (30/04/2016)

Second prospection at the Loën quarry : along the main road and in the woods close to this road.

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04juin

The "Land and freshwater snails: a too poorly known fauna of the quarries" team

Short introduction of the "Loën snails and slugs" project team.

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04juin

Looking for snails on the Loën quarry crest (15/04/2016)

First prospection on the northern slopes of the Loën quarry. Already 12 snails species were observed.

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03juin