Wasp Spider (c Howard Vaughan)
Spiders on the increase?
Are there more spiders around than normal? Maybe it's the warm weather? Iain Newby from the Dangerous Wild Animals Rescue Facility in Great Wakering thinks he knows why.
If spiders make your toes curl up and send you screaming from the room they have decided to weave their web in, then you may not be enjoying the more frequent visits, the eight legged creatures are currently paying people.
One would hardly think of Essex as the centre of spider activity, but there are 650 different species of them in the UK according to the British Arachnological Society.
Iain Newby runs the Dangerous Wild Animals Rescue Facility in Great Wakering, and he says that people who have noticed more spiders around, are not wrong.
Iain Newby visits BBC Essex with his friend!
We have had a lot of warm weather this year, and it is when our climate is a lot milder that you tend to see spiders with different colours, or different shapes, that you haven't noticed before.
He says they have always been there, but because there were fewer in the cooler weather, they aren't noticed so much.
Fear not, the spiders you get in Essex aren't poisonous, but Iain thinks there is a possibility that climate change could lead to foreign spiders that have accidentally been imported or escaped, living in the UK, and surviving because our weather is warmer.
Iain has quite a few different types of the arachnids and he rescues spiders because nobody else wants them. After all, as he says, they are still animals and they need looking after.
You may disagree in favour of trapping one under a cup and throwing it out the window, but you can find out more about what Iain thinks by listening to what happened when he visited BBC Essex, and talked to Breakfast presenter John Hayes about the rise of the spider!
last updated: 23/07/2008 at 09:20
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