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Spiders: a natural history

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Friday 02 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Spiders are all around us and an important component of our ecosystem, but generally receive a bad press. In his presentation, Geoff Oxford will cover aspects of the fascinating biology of spiders, including their arachnid relatives in Britain, silk and the multiple ways it is used, feeding, reproduction and growth. Finally, he will say a few words about the British Arachnological Society and end on why we should all care about spiders.

Geoff is an Honorary Fellow of the University of York. He has had a fondness for spiders (an arachnophile) for many years and is an authority on both colour variation and speciation in spiders. He co-authored the recently published Britain’s Spiders (2017) and will bring some copies for sale (£18) and some packs of factsheets (£3.50) to buy at the talk (cash only).