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Pictures: Getting close up with Britain's spiders

Autumn is a great time of year to spot spiders and here are some of the UK's most unusual from the RSPB. If you're scared of our eight-legged friends look away now!
There are around 500,000 spiders for every person in Britain. People who live in south-east England are more likely to come across spiders, such as this large garden spider (Araneus diadematus), because they prefer warmer, drier climates.
Will George Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)
The giant house spider (Tegenaria duellica) builds its sheet-like web in houses, outbuildings and gardens. According to spider expert Ian Dawson, "an average-sized house probably supports around 100 spiders at any one time". Male spiders can often have a leg span of up to 7.5cm!
House spider
The RSPB wants people to try and forget their fear when it comes to British spiders. They say spiders are "to be encouraged and admired rather than feared". This jumping spider (Evarcha falcata) is found all over the UK.
Jumping spider (Evarcha falcata)
This is the labyrinth spider (Agelena labyrinthica). The species earned its name from the labyrinth of tunnels it builds from funnel-shaped webs.
Labyrinth spider
"There are more than 650 species of spider in Britain and they vary considerably in size," says Mr Dawson. This jumping spider (Heliophanus flavipes) might be small, but with its yellow front probes it is easy to spot.
Jumping spider Heliophanus flavipes
Water droplets caused by foggy and misty weather are perfect for showing up some beautiful and intricate cobwebs. "Spiders are wonderfully efficient predators - British spiders eat around 700,000 tonnes of creatures every year, which is a colossal amount of food," says Ian Dawson.
This raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) was spotted at the RSPB's Arne reserve in Dorset. Raft spiders are semi-aquatic and are able to hunt prey while gliding on the water's surface. At 7cm, the female is one of Britain's largest arachnids!
Raft spider Arne Reserve