Earlier this month, Sue Walker encountered a very splendid-looking False Widow Spider inside one of her dormouse boxes (near Salisbury, South Wiltshire). To our knowledge, this is the first time this species has been encountered in this way in Wiltshire – they are frequently encountered in dwellings and outbuildings. As Sue indicates, its another non-target species to look out for in bird/bat/dormouse boxes.
Bill Blumsom (Wiltshire County Spider recorder) kindly circulated some information on this species, drafted by the British Arachnological Society, to help dispel some of the myths associated with this species(and propagated by the media) . See here.
If you’re out exploring or surveying over the weekend don’t forget to download our simple guides to help you identify a range of UK mammals from their tracks and prints along with survey guides for water vole and brown hare from our Publications pages.
Read our Mammal of the Month factsheet for December which is on the somewhat cute Hazel Dormouse. This elusive and endangered mammal is very sensibly hibernating right now but if you’re really lucky and keep your eyes peeled you might spot one in summer.
Read our Mammal of the Month factsheet for September on the Harvest Mouse. This tiny mammal was added to the list of County notable species considered a priority for action because of the level of decline they have faced here in Wiltshire.