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The first snowdrops have been seen in the West Country. They appear distinctly earlier nowadays than they used to, although it will be late January or February before the grand days when they start carpeting whole woods with their blossom, or flowing down damp valley sides and turning them completely white. These early flowers grow in small parties, often under the shelter of an overhanging tree in a garden, sometimes even coming up through a thin layer of snow. The flowers are out well before the long grey-green leaves have finished growing. The snowy-white bells nod and sway delicately, and if you lift one with your little finger and look inside it, you find a smaller bell sitting snugly there, with three wings just like the outer bell, and green, crescent-shaped marks on them.

They play important roles in the food chain and are an important food source for larger animals ranging from fish to whales . The muscular tails of many shrimp are edible to humans, and they are widely caught and farmed for human consumption. Commercial shrimp species support an industry worth 50 billion dollars a year, [3] and in 2010 the total commercial production of shrimp was nearly 7 million tonnes. Shrimp farming became more prevalent during the 1980s, particularly in China, and by 2007 the harvest from shrimp farms exceeded the capture of wild shrimp. There are significant issues with excessive bycatch when shrimp are captured in the wild, and with pollution damage done to estuaries when they are used to support shrimp farming. Many shrimp species are small as the term shrimp suggests, about 2 cm ( in) long, but some shrimp exceed 25 cm ( in). Larger shrimp are more likely to be targeted commercially, and are often referred to as prawns , particularly in Britain.

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