The Malacological Society of London - more than 100 years old and still not a household name - would like more attention paid to these squelchy treasures.
It is offering up to three prizes of pound;200 to schools for completed practical projects that focus on molluscs. Projects suggested vary from the saucy ("how do snails mate?") to the trance-inducing ("can slugs detect lettuce or do they just stumble upon it?").
Application forms from Professor G Dussart, Canterbury Christ Church university, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports should be submitted to Professor Dussart by March 1 next year, so slugs need activating now.