Rare spider find for Cheshire Wildlife Trust | Knutsford Times

Rare spider find for Cheshire Wildlife Trust

By on December 10, 2017

Cheshire Wildlife Trust had some unexpected results in a recent spider survey carried out by the Tanyptera Trust in Delamere.

The survey revealed two rare types of spider at Delamere, including the jumping spider Sitticus floricola and the rare money spider Glyphesis cottonae which has double in numbers of recorded areas in Cheshire. Both species live in the boggy areas of Delamere Forest so arachnaphobics beware!

Over the last four years, the Cheshire Wildlife Trust – in partnership with the Forestry Commission – have been involved in a project to renew the areas of forest by re-wetting to bring them back to a natural state.

Katie Piercy, Delamere Mossland officer at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“Species such as these rare spiders thrive in bog habitats and that’s exactly what we have been working hard to create in Delamere. The fact that the number of sites where these species are being recorded has increased mean that our work is achieving its aim of re-establishing this habitat. Dragonflies and plant species have also benefited and we have been able to record significant differences in the variety of species now using the sites.”

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