Nature detectives – part 3!

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What to look out for in autumn

This week – spiders

If you’re like us, you’ll be enjoying seeing the spiders that are out spinning their amazing webs at this time of year!

A common sight in your garden this autumn could be the beautiful European garden spider, or ‘cross’ spider, with the distinctive pale ‘cross’ pattern of dots on their abdomens.

Spider webs look spectacular during misty autumn mornings when they are hung with dewdrops.

So, if you’re lucky enough to have spiders spinning their webs in your garden, why not get your camera or phone out and sneak a few close-up pics?

Credit: Araneus diadematus – wikimedia.commons/Didier Descouens

Insects and invertebrates

Gently, look under plant pots and piles of leaves to see what’s there.  You’ll likely find woodlice, snails, slugs, beetles, centipedes, millipedes and earthworms.

Remember to replace any pots or stones carefully so the minibeasts aren’t disturbed too much.

If you have room, make a small log pile in a shady, damp part of the garden. In time this will attract all sorts of insects – great food for hedgehogs and toads*, and even the sort of place they could safely spend the winter.

Next week: more on *amphibians!


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