This is one of the giant millipedes that we use in our education sessions on minibeasts. Despite their name millipedes don’t have a thousand legs, most species having between 80 and 400. Apart from the first few each segment has two pairs of legs.
Most species feed on decaying plants and defend themselves by rolling up into a ball and sometimes secreting an unpleasant liquid.
Worldwide there may be as many as 10,000 species, of which around 50 are found in Britain.