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Spider success story

The rare spider nursery web
The rare spider nursery web Credit: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Naturalists from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust are celebrating the discovery of a rare nursery web spun by Fen Raft Spiders.

Hundreds of the endangered species were released at Castle Marshes near the Redgrave and Lopham Fen nature reserve in 2010.

George Batchelor celebrates the web's discovery
George Batchelor celebrates the web's discovery Credit: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

The nursery web, which is a large silk-like tent, has been built by brooding females and is a sign that the spiders have established themselves.

Young spiderlings will be guarded by their mothers and are expected to leave the web after a week to begin life on their own.

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