What’s the problem?
One of the quarries has already been built on and now the remaining quarry is under threat from development too. The loss of this last old quarry could drive the Horrid-ground weaver even closer to extinction.
Plans for a housing development have been submitted and although planning permission was refused by Plymouth City Council the applicant is appealing this decision. The site is still under threat.
Not only is the old limestone quarry home to this incredibly rare spider, it is a haven for other bugs and wildlife too. Designated as a County Wildlife Site its rich array of wild flowers feeds hungry pollinators throughout the spring and summer.
What we are doing
This tiny spider is Critically Endangered; we need to defend it as its survival is already hanging in the balance. We need to make sure that this development doesn’t lead to its extinction.
Buglife has objected to the development as it is not possible to mitigate the impacts of the development. The risk to the Horrid ground-weaver is just too great.