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Friday, 13 February 2009

Britain's rarest spider saved from the brink of extinction

The tiny spider was once a common site on British heathland but by the early 90s there were hardly any of the insects left because of loss of habitat to development.

On the only remaining area where the species survived on a Dorset heathland there were thought to be just 56 spiders left.

Natural England, the Government agency in charge of conservation, took action by breeding the spiders in captivity and releasing them onto heathland around the south of the country , including Ministry of Defence land.

The latest count has revealed that the Ladybird spiders, so named for the male's red hot markings during the mating season, has soared twentyfold in just 15 years.

READ MORE - Source: The Telegraph 13th February 2009

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