Peter Smithers is an entomologist at Plymouth University where he has studied spiders for the last 30 years. He was part of the team that produced the Atlas of British Spiders, a fifteen year project that gathered data on the distribution of the UK spider fauna producing maps for every species. He has also spent many years studying spiders in British caves and the biology of trapdoor spiders in Malaysia. Working with his colleague Paul Ramsay (also at Plymouth) he is currently looking at the biology of wall dwelling spiders in the South West.
He is the chairman of the Peninsular Invertebrate Forum and edits the magazine ‘Antenna’ for the Royal Entomological Society.
A collection of Hallowe'en inspired programmes from the Radio 4 vaults!