Taking part is easy!
In this survey we are only asking for records of four species of spider. These should be easy to identify without any special knowledge or equipment, but you will need to look closely!
Click on the pictures below for information about each one, including where to look for it and what features will help you to identify it.
Photographs of 4 Spotted Orbweb, Zebra and Nurserweb Spiders (c) Chris Cathrine. Photograph of Daddy Long-legs Spider (c) Colin Legg.
If you see one of these spiders please let us know. Follow this link to submit your spider sighting online. As with all biological records you will need to
make a note of the four ‘Ws’:
- What you saw - the name of the spider
- When you saw it - the date
- Where you saw it - the location
- Who you are* - your full name and contact details so we can get in touch if we need to find out more about your sighting (*emails will not be passed on)
To help us to confirm your observation, please include a photograph with your record. Additional details such as habitat, behaviour, number of individuals are also interesting, so include them if you can.
What happens next?
Spider experts from the British Arachnological Society will check the records to confirm the identification. The information will be sent to
the Society’s Spider Recording Scheme, which collects records of spiders from across the UK. It will also be sent to the NBN Gateway
and NBN Atlas Scotland. Your information will help us to understand the distribution of these spiders better and provide information to help monitor their spread or decline.