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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 33.3 December 2021

Keystone snails: the biology, behaviour, ecology and conservation of patellid limpets

By - Stephen Hawkins, Alan Hodgson, Louise Firth

A familiar sight on rocky shores, the patellid limpets of the genus Patella include just three species in Britain and Ireland: the Common Limpet, China Limpet and Black-footed Limpet. Here Stephen Hawkins, Alan Hodgson and Louise Firth describe the evolutionary and natural history of these species, the threats they face and the need for their conservation.

Limpets are ubiquitous on the rocky shores of Britain and Ireland, and elsewhere in the north-east Atlantic and Mediterranean. Despite their humble appearance, they have a strong influence on the structure of rocky-shore ecosystems, and their biology is truly remarkable.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist