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Rare spiders found in Northern Ireland

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A number of rare spiders including one that hasn’t been seen before in Northern Ireland were found at a recent training course.  The course took place at Peatlands Park an area of bog, wetland and natural woodland habitat south of Lough Neagh that is well known for its biodiversity. The course was led by Buglife’s Northern Ireland Officer Adam Mantell.

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Britain’s rarest spider found at a new site, and photographed

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Conservation charity Buglife is celebrating some exciting news.  Surveys for Britain’s rarest spider, the Horrid ground-weaver, have discovered a new population in Plymouth.   And, for the first time ever, this elusive spider has been captured in a photograph – alive!

The Horrid ground-weaver spider (Nothophantes horridus) has become somewhat of a local celebrity, after a successful Crowdfunder appeal started by Buglife raised over £10,000 in public donations. The funding has supported new surveys for this elusive species across Plymouth and South Devon.

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Rare spider discovered in Northern Ireland

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A rare house spider has been found for the first time in Northern Ireland. The Wood house-spider (Malthonica silvestris), closely related to the house spiders that people often find in their houses in the autumn, had only ever been found in Ireland, much further south in Cork.

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Horrid ground-weaver saved – Thanks mainly to Buglife, Plymouth City Council and you!

In a momentous decision an unprotected wildlife site, home to a globally endangered spider, has been saved from destruction. The failure of the state to adequately protect endangered wildlife meant this was a close call, but resolute action by Buglife, Plymouth City Council and thousands of concerned individuals resulted in the Planning Inspector rejecting a proposal to turn the habitat into houses. The case demonstrates the moral responsibility that people feel towards preserving life on earth, however small and insignificant.

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Brazilian Wandering Spider in Bananas – Fact or Fiction

The internet today has been thrumming with a news story about a lady from Bristol, some bananas from Tesco, and a deadly spider from Costa Rica.  But what is the truth and science behind attention grabbing headlines such as -
Deadly spider whose bite causes FOUR HOUR erection then KILLS found in Tesco bananas

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