British Wildlife 13.4 April 2002

The status, conservation and use of the Medicinal Leech

Leeches have a bad reputation. One of the definitions of a leech is 'a person who clings to or preys on another person'. Despite this, one species, the Medicinal Leech Hirudo medicinalis, can boast a longer, more useful and definitely more intimate relationship with people than can most other animals.

Through a naturalist’s eyes
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