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Sat 30th January 2016 20:55 by Peter Harvey
Dear Michael

Thank you for your useful feedback, which will instigate some thought on how to improve ease of use. I would like some more specific information though please. I agree logging-on would be better located, but once logged-on the picture upload is on the top toolbar, so not sure what the problem is with picture upload. There is also an index which also has A-Z indexes to sites, species etc and a Search at the top of any page which will find any word/s used on the website.

The primary aim of the recording scheme website is to provide access to summary data on distribution and autecology of the 670+ British species, not to provide the means to add data/records, reports etc. However records can be submitted by any logged-on user for a number of 'easily recognisable' species. The vast majority of spiders cannot be reliably identified to species level in the field or from photographs, so the recording scheme has Area Organisers who verify, validate and collate records for their county/s and this is an essential way of ensuring a high scientific integrity of the data. These Area Organisers and Council members of the British Arachnological Society can input and change species text and pages on the website, but the main way for other users to submit reports is through the forum.

Can you explain what you mean by submit a report and location/address?

Sat 30th January 2016 18:19 by Michael George
User friendliness...
Trying to add any data or records to this site is RIDICULOUSLY difficult! Even logging on is hard to locate. For such an interesting an useful resource, it should be much clearer and simpler to submit a report, add a photo, and location/address.
Sat 30th January 2016 14:42 by Peter Harvey
Yes, probably - but only probable record. This is a species of scrub and trees.
Sat 30th January 2016 10:37 by Tone Killick
Clubiona sp. possibly comta?
Clubiona cf comta Copyright: Tone Killick


I found this immature Clubiona sp. 4mm max body size and wondered if it's C.comta! Found on ivy in my garden, Gloucester SO863155. 28/01/16.

Fri 1st January 2016 15:22 by Hannah Davis
S. nobilis in a rosebush

For the spiders in this post, I'm already fairly certain of the ID, but please correct me if I'm wrong:

Date: 20-26.12.2015 Location: Cowplain, Hampshire SU6911

I found this colony of Steatoda nobilis (all juvenile, by the looks of it) living on a pruned rosebush, using the hollow stems as retreats. The bush was in a garden separated from the nearby house (where I observed two S. nobilis individuals in a bedroom) by several meters of patio. Apologies for the poor quality photos: the spiders were extremely difficult to lure out.

Steatoda nobilis in retreat - only abdomen and legs visible Copyright: Hannah Davis Steatoda nobilis emerging from retreat Copyright: Hannah Davis Steatoda nobilis web on rosebush Copyright: Hannah Davis


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