Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:56
Linda - you might find the slugs are slightly fewer this spring as it's definitely been a bit drier and with enough frosts to kill off a few more than usual. I'm just slightly south of you and know Howwood quite well
Picking plants that are less attractive to them is a good method - so plant fewer soft perennials with nice juicy new springtime shoots, and a bit more woody planting. Things like Delphiniums for example are hopeless unless you wan to use slug pellets. Might as well hang a big 'free dinner' sign in neon lights for them!
Getting stuck in at this time of year with a night time hunt pays off too. You get a good amount of them to dispatch, and it reduces the amount they can then produce. Encourage birds - blackbirds and thrushes in particular, and they'll help you out.
Hopefully we may get a drier spring up here and that will make life easier!