Wyre Forest Arachnids
The passing of the seasons is marked in many different ways across the Wyre Forest. Spring is marked by carpets of bluebells in glades and along the forest rides. Summer months give way to the liquid notes of the Wood Warbler and the flash of nesting Pied Flycatchers. But it’s often not until the cooler, still autumn days arrive that the visitor to the forest becomes aware of the gossamer lacework of spider webs, draped across the forest floor.
Largely unseen by the casual observer, the Wyre Forest is home to hundreds of species of spiders and harvestmen, among them some locally and nationally scarce species. At the last count, something like 263 species of spiders has been recorded along with 17 species of harvestmen. A difficult group to find let alone identify, these records will undoubtedly be added to as the Wyre Forest Study Group continues surveying.
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