|The Spiders of Wiltshire|
These pages contain current information (mainly to the end of 2004 but also some 2005 records) on the spiders found in Wiltshire (Vice counties 7 and 8, give-or-take the odd km or tweak of the boundary). This information includes distribution maps (of records, if not of the spiders - coverage is never complete) and plots indicating when the spiders have been found and their relative numbers through the year. These plots are based on Wiltshire records - comparison with phenology data from other regions/counties may well indicate geographic variations in spider activity.|
I've produced a page for each spider recorded in Wiltshire; to date there are about 350 species known to occur in Wiltshire and the number keeps on increasing. Recent finds are Segestria florentina and Theridion hemerobium, recently found along the Kennet & Avon Canal by Nick Law. I've added pages for these.
The photos on these pages are mainly 300 pixels wide, in order to fit all 350-plus species into the free web-space. I will provide a CD of this web-site with more, higher resolution photos (click here for an example), if you e-mail me. (Click here to e-mail me.)
In many cases these distribution maps will indicate recorder activity rather than spider distribution. More records will always be needed if a true picture of spider distribution is to be built up. If you have any records of spiders in Wiltshire (or comments on the web-site), let me know.
Click here to view the Wiltshire spiders' pages.
Maps for other regions in the UK can be found following these links:
(Records for other groups of flora and fauna are always required. If you have any records for Wiltshire, contact the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Record Centre).
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