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Friday, 25 September 2009

High Numbers Of Spiders Predicted

After months of gloom about the environment and Britain's embattled wildlife, reassurance may be on its way from a creepy and often-unloved source.

Scientists and conservationists are optimistic that an annual survey will record a bumper crop of the country's spiders – more than 650 species which variously weave, jump, hunt and have up to six eyes.

Anecdotal reports of high numbers of spiders, from amateur enthusiasts as well as specialists, are already piling up at the campaigning charity Buglife and the British Arachnological Society (BAS). Temperate weather since the end of winter, with few very hot or cold spells, has suited the animals, which emerge at this time of the year to mate.

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