This spider also known as the daddy longlegs or sometimes the “skull spider” due to it markings, is spreading north throughout Europe and Britain. It has been in Yorkshire a while now but only recently been seen in Calderdale. It is generally found in ceiling corners. The spiders body is around 7 mm long and the legs can be 70mm long so it is quite distinctive. If anyone sees one please let me know (grid ref + date).
Not had Redwings in my garden before but within 5 minutes of putting out food and de-icing the bird bath 2 arrived at once.
According to this link there are Sika deer in Luddenden and they are under threat from a venison farmer.
I didn’t realise there were Sika in Calderdale. Is this good or bad?
Hugh Firman Cheif Conservation Officer has requested help from us in a press release since this disease was confirmed recently at Shibden Park.
There is a page on it on the web put up by the Forestry Commission. I found it by searching for “Sudden Oak Death, Phytophthera ramorum.” Link to article:- http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pramorum
Interestingly, the scientist who wrote it does not think that our two native oaks will be in great danger from the disease, though Rhododendrons are one of the most important sources of it, and we have as great many of those, both in cultivation and the wild.
Looks like I’m a ‘blogger’ now!