Snails. Not a lot one can do about them, unless you put down the beer traps, water with nematodes or go out at night with a torch and catch them at it.
Ours are way behind this year.
You cold always try the Amerindian test of the bare buttocks on the soil. If you can sit there then the soil is warm enough. Otherwise you need a soil thermometer!
I would be very much inclined to dig up the plant and gently wash the roots clear of the compost in which it came and then replant. I do this with most bought plants as many of them have trouble spreading their roots out of the original potting material. Don't do it to Daphnes though, they hate root disturbance, or Pulsatillas.
Birds eat the berries and drop the seeds. We get a fair number of seedlings from our own Laurels.
Actually the flower stalks and heads are just as edible as Broccoli as long as you pick them young.
This years Auricula seedlings, well some of them.
I have about 400 seedlings this year,no 2 are exactly the same. Most will be composted though.
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Pruning should not have left it damaged like that, unless you somehow cut through the bark on that area without actually removing the stems. Could be wind damage, could be frost damage, could be Viburnum beetle damage. I would prune out the damage and feed the shrub to help it recover.
If you are going to prune it, then now is the right time. They flower best on wood grown from now on, so pruning will encourage the bush to make new shoots.
Agree, does look Bluebell ish. Not the easiest of things to get rid of, even if you want to.