5.4 Conserving a rare species
The fen-raft spider (Dolomedes plantarius) was only discovered in the UK in 1956. It is very rare and its distribution prior to 1956 is not known. This throws up some interesting questions about a re-introduction programme, since the habitats into which spiders are released may – or may not – have originally had the spider in.
Think about the implications, before watching the next video and learning more about the re-introduction programme.
Habitat restoration and managed re-introduction are two techniques that are key to conserving individual species. The fen-raft spider is an endangered species, as Dr Helen Smith and Chris Sperring explain in the video.
Conserving a fen species
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