New spider found at reserve is county first

A RARE species of spider has been discovered at Shipley Nature Reserve this week.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, which owns the reserve, was holding an annual volunteers’ barbecue on Friday when one of its members spotted an unusual looking arachnid.

The details of it were passed on to the Spider Recording Scheme which was able to confirm that this was a county first.

The sighting has now been entered onto a national database.

A spokesperson for the trust said the find ‘puts Shipley Nature Reserve on the map’ as far as spiders were concerned.

In addition to Friday’s discovery, the Trust’s public open day at held at the reserve found other insect species including small heath butterfly, burnet companion moth and the nymphs of the long-winged conehead, a bush cricket species which has only recently started to colonise Derbyshire.