Rare spider found in Norfolk
A strange looking and rare arachnid has got Norfolk nature lovers in a spin.The female spider wasp has been found at the National Trust's Horsey Windpump site at Horsey, near Yarmouth.
A strange looking and rare arachnid has got Norfolk nature lovers in a spin.
The female wasp spider has been found at the National Trust's Horsey Windpump site at Horsey, near Yarmouth.
It is only the fourth time that the distinctive species of spider has been recorded in the county since 2006.
Known as naturalists as argiope bruennichi, the spiders first appeared on Britain's southern coast in the 1920s and have slowly been spreading north due to milder weather.
You may also want to watch:
The spider was found at Horsey Windpump's Breathing Places reserve, which was created last year and is now home to 25 species of butterfly, a wide array of insects and birds and grass snakes and Chinese water deer.
Stephen Prowse, National Trust warden at Horsey Windpump, said: 'It is so exciting to find these spiders here in the new habitats.
- 1 Key workers share 'frustrating' impact of panic-buying of fuel
- 2 Scheme unveiled for former pub and butchers on town's High Street
- 3 Hunt continues for two men involved in assault in Lowestoft
- 4 'Enough to go around' - Drivers urged not to panic-buy at petrol pumps
- 5 Man's death 'remains unexplained' after body found in Lowestoft
- 6 Search continues for man with knife who chased victim into KFC
- 7 Lowestoft family feature on Channel 5 show with Nick Knowles
- 8 Hunt for three men 'ongoing' after victim hit during Lowestoft assault
- 9 Have your say about the future of Pakefield's eroding coastline
- 10 Air ambulance responds to woman in 20s after emergency in Lowestoft
'They are absolutely gorgeous creatures and it just goes to show that anything can turn up if you create a flower rich area like this.
'It is a credit to the volunteers who created this wonderful wildlife area.'
The Breathing Places reserve, which has a wildflower meadow, traditional orchard and sensory garden, was funded by the Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with the BBC.
t The five storey Horsey Windpump is open until November 1. For further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-horseywindpump