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Weekly visits were made from Dec 2010 to Apr 2011 and Dec 2011 to Apr 2012 to collect fallen branches girdled by this beetle.
Once the trees reached about two inches in diameter, they were much less likely to get girdled.
The girdled trees become attractive to the beetles, so that they leave other trees alone.
Already hundreds of these girdled snails (Hygromia cinctella) have been spotted over the past few years in five counties across Wales - from Denbighshire to Pembrokeshire.
As part of this year's National Science Week (NSW) starting on Saturday, scientists want us to look out for and count girdled snails.
One statistic highlighted that over the past five years ESB network technicians could have girdled the earth with the 350,000 kilometres of electricity lines they have refurbished during that period.
That's why he and his colleagues left the soil in their 900-square-meter test plots untouched but girdled the trees.
Bark stripping on a local scale could be severe; at some sites 3/4 of the total circumference of all stems was girdled.
There is Nancy Davidson's pneumatic blue torso girdled in a tent's worth of white satin and tied, bondage style, to the beams above, a bulbous effigy awaiting violation.