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    More spiders expected this autumn

    Conservationists say there could be more spiders and daddy longlegs than usual this autumn because of favourable breeding conditions.

    Researchers at insect charity, Buglife, said last year's wet autumn meant the larvae of daddy longlegs had plenty of decaying plant matter to eat.

    Experts also said this year's temperate summer had been good for spiders.

    The charity says it will provide a good boost for declining insect populations and benefit other wildlife.

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    more food for me, time to whip out the BBQ

    oh great just what i want

    Banned

    have you not seen them?

    just got Citronella frm Holland & Barrett

    Original Poster

    I must say i have noticed over the last couple of weeks a few big spiders walking round the house, don't usually see that many. Fortunately, as long as they are not black widows or other poisonous spider, then they don't bother me at all.

    been in my tiny back garden today and there are loads of spiders in their webs. they are yucky, and BIG!!!!! seem stranger patterns and shapes to normal too! yucky and scarey! lol

    Banned

    there are over a dozen spiders which can bite and 1 or 2 which will sting like a bee in the uk..........been introduced from elsewhere

    Original Poster

    More at news.bbc.co.uk/tod…stm

    Apparently only 1 spider in the UK can cause harm to humans.

    The charity says it will provide a good boost for declining insect … The charity says it will provide a good boost for declining insect populations and benefit other wildlife.



    How does that work then? Spiders EAT insects:thinking:

    I've noticed loads of spiders, thought it was just down to the area though.

    Shengis;6396166

    How does that work then? Spiders EAT insects:thinking:I've noticed loads … How does that work then? Spiders EAT insects:thinking:I've noticed loads of spiders, thought it was just down to the area though.



    Quite so, I think that Mr Shardlow must have had an attack of the nerves and just started to blather. He also said: "They are very important for biodiversity, without which we would not last very long." :thinking:

    There are really loads of spiders - I've noticed that in the garden. Bumper year for buttercups in the spring and spiders and blackberries in this autumn.

    peodude;6396020

    I must say i have noticed over the last couple of weeks a few big spiders … I must say i have noticed over the last couple of weeks a few big spiders walking round the house, don't usually see that many. Fortunately, as long as they are not black widows or other poisonous spider, then they don't bother me at all.



    Problem is that if you have a phobia for spiders you are probably not going to be able to identify them other than as the thing that terrifys you :-D

    starsparkle2311;6396652

    I missed the brambles this year, I went bramble picking a bit too late, … I missed the brambles this year, I went bramble picking a bit too late, well disappointed, nothing like a nice walk in the fresh air picking brambles and then coming home and cooking bramble crumble, yum yum:)



    Still plenty around down here, with plenty of spiders in amongst them as well!

    We've had blackberries in summer puddings ( with ice cream), crumbles ( with custard) and fresh (with yoghurt). Yum, I particularly like that they are free!!

    Might be related to the weather but maybe people are using less chemicals in the garden now. Thinking that cos lots more slugs and might be that less slug pellets being used. Either way it means more food for the birds

    oh no I am so scared of spiders !!!!

    Have already found 2 massive ones in the front room last week,am scared to sit with my feet on the floor now,have to keep them up on the sofa.
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