I was sitting by the pond and noticed these spiders popping in and out among the rocks. quite small possibly about 2cm. would like to know what they are. Taking a look at the photo once uploaded it looks to me like in the split in the dried reed stalk there are lots of baby spiders?
I'm far from expert but looking through my own collection of spider photos I came up with some possiblities to explore - amaurobius sp., possibly ferox (Black Lace Weaver) or Pardosa amentata (spotted wolf spider). Needs a closer/larger image to be sure.
Thank you Alf I found it very interesting looking up the information. Pardosa amentata (Spotted Wolf Spider) fits the bill and I am sure this is it. -Recorded altitude range 0m to 920m. The spider occurs in a wide range of open habitats, especially in damp situations. It has been recorded from grasslands, marshes, riversides, fens, salt marsh, woodland clearings, hedge banks, moorland, blanket bog.It is between 5 mm and 8 mm in length. The size right and the habitat is right - it is very boggy and wet here:)
It is not the Amaurobius ferox (Black Lace Weaver) The species is widely distributed in England, mainly near the coast in Wales and with few records for Scotland Recorded altitude range 0m to 600m. Here I am at 620m. Female to 16 mm; male to 12 mm - too big.
I found it very difficult getting the photo I did get having to balance on wet ground at water's edge. Had visions of me head butting the ground:)
While browsing for information I came across this site which you might find intersting
Thanks for the link - had seen the site in the past as we used to live in a place over-run with spiders and I spent a lot of time trying to ID them. Since moving to current home 3 years ago we hardly ever see one!