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FALSE WIDOW ENQUIRIES - please see our comprehensive pages on False Widow Spiders - FAQs and False Widow Spiders
There are photographs to compare with any spiders you think may be a False Widow, as well as detailed information on their distribution and habits and bite. (Please do not be scared by recent coverage in the media, much of which is misleading and plainly wrong!)

For other common and harmless species that you can find in and around your home and garden, please check the section on our Main page Some Common British Species - click on the photos for more information and pictures.

(Please note that the BAS cannot always offer advice or identification help for non-British species. If your enquiry is regarding an arachnid outside of the UK, then please also refer to our Arachnological links page for a Society / reference source relevant to the respective country. Of course, we shall still try to assist where there is no such local contact.)

NOTE: Because of the large amount of spam e-mails the Society receives, the e-mail addresses have been disguised - to e-mail please change 'AT' to '@'

Please review the above information and pages first. If you still have a question, please call 0800 148 8651, or select from the contact below

For identification of spiders:
Go to the SRS contact page;
For general information and advice, not identification:
Dr Geoff Oxford, Honorary Secretary
For Press enquiries:
Mr Lawrence Bee E-mail
For information on membership:
Dr Katty Baird, 4 Rhodes Holdings, North Berwick, EH39 5PH, Scotland, UK .
To advertise BAS members events:
For information about the Newsletter:
Mr Richard C. Gallon, Newsletter Editor, 23a Roumania Crescent, LLANDUDNO, North Wales. LL30 1UP
For information about the journal Arachnology:
Prof. Paul Selden, Paleontological Institute, University of Kansas, 1475 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA
For the Spider Recording Scheme:
Mr Peter Harvey, SRS National Organiser, 32 Lodge Lane, GRAYS, Essex. RM16 2YP
For Richard Wilson, the SRS Area Organiser Co-ordinator
E-mail (
For the Pseudoscorpion Recording Scheme:
Dr Gerald Legg, 20 Manor Gardens, Hurstpierpoint, HASSOCKS, West Sussex. BN6 9UG
or direct
For the Harvestman Recording Scheme:
Mr Peter Nicholson, Greystone House, Castle Howard Road, MALTON, North Yorkshire. YO17 7AT
For information about the reprint library:
Mr John D. Stanney, 50 Mulberry Way, LEEK, Staffs. ST13 5TL
For information about sales items:
Mr Francis Farr-Cox, 1 Winchester Road, BURNHAM-ON-SEA, Somerset, TA8 1HY
Regional Coordinators:
S. E. Scotland - Katty Baird (
Shropshire - Nigel Cane-Honeysett (
S. W. Scotland - Chris Cathrine (
Somerset - Francis Farr-Cox (
N. W. Scotland - Dave Holloway (
Yorkshire - Geoff Oxford (
E. & W. Sussex - Andy Phillips (
Devon/SW - Peter Smithers (
Suffolk - Alan Thornhill - (
Grampian/N. E. Scotland - Bee Smith - (Smith
Lincolnshire - Imogen Wilde (
For information or comments about the BAS Web-site:
Mr G.Craig Slawson

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