Very Rare Spider Found

13 July 2022

The Fen Raft Spider has recently been spotted in the Park. This spider is one of the rarest of the UK invertibrates and certainly our rarest resident spider. It is only known on 4 sites in the UK, the nearest being on the Pevensey levels, where there is a significant population.

They hunt small insects which they find by walking on the surface of slow-moving water and will occasionally take very small fish.

The one photographed was a male, but there must have been a female around too as there was a nursery web with a number of spiderlings in it. The female is the larger of the two and can have a legspan of about 7cm!

This is a very important find for the area.

Footpaths - 1 May

The water level is dropping so most paths are easily passable although some are still very muddy.

Report overgrown rights of way to East Sussex and other paths to the Friends of Combe Valley.

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