Something a bit smaller…. and leggier…

Well I’ve been focussing on birds quite a lot recently because that’s what most conservation focusses on in this country.  Britain is bird mad and the number of people turning up with binoculars and telescopes to back up their cameras with long lenses shows this is no less true out on Skomer.  In one sense this makes sense, there are no large mammals out here (a single Muntjack deer made it out here under its own steam in the recent past).  We do have our own subspecies of vole, some shrews, mice, lizards and slow worms…. but thats about it really.

So I went down the size scale the other day and found a good old spider, one of the Pardosa species that is commonly found in grassland all over the country, even on islands!

This little guy was making the most of the sunshine and warm conditions down amongst the vegetation.  Wolf spiders like this one get their name due to their highly active hunting technique which entails them roaming the leaf litter and grasslands to run down small invertebrates to eat.  As a true Brit this family of spiders is usually quite dull in colour but they can get quite colourful elsewhere, just take a look at the Peacock Spider from overseas! (maybe skip over the slow start of this clip…)

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