A rare British spider has been reintroduced to a nature reserve in Dorset. Last Thursday, a colony of around 30 spiders was transferred to the RSPB Arne reserve, using temporary burrows made out of water bottles.
“The plastic bottles were filled with moss and mud,” said Nik Shelton, RSPB. “They were buried with the tops exposed to the air. In time they will start to colonise the area.”
Ladybird spiders are named so because of the red and black markings of mature males, which are completely black until they are ready to mate.
Once feared extinct, Britain’s Ladybird spiders have recently risen in number. According to the RSPB, there was just one remaining colony in the UK in 2004.
With recent conservation efforts there are now eight separate colonies, all situated in Dorset. This still amounts to only a few hundred spiders in total.
According to the RSPB they have immediate plans for another release.