RSPB aims to dispel the myths about spiders

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THERE’S no web of intrigue and horror surrounding spiders, according to experts at a wildlife centre.

Workers at the RSPB Saltholme site near Hartlepool want to dispel the myths about the creatures by holding two information days early next month.

Frances Copper, Saltholme’s learning assistant, said: “Before you run screaming out of the room, look a little more closely at these eight-legged critters, and you’ll discover a whole world of beauty. The webs are tiny feats of engineering and when you look at the individual spiders, they can have some amazing colours and patterns on their abdomen; certainly worth a second look.”

The team will be celebrating spiders and other creatures at their Halloween weekend on November 1 and 2. There will be workshops, and author and storyteller, Chris Connaughton, will be telling one of his fantastic tales. There will also be a spider trail and activities for all the family.

Salholme is open every day except Christmas Day and entrance is £4 per car for non-RSPB members, and free for RSPB members. A children’s activity pass for the Halloween weekend is £6 for non-RSPB members and £4.50 for members.

For more information, visit www.rspb.org.uk/saltholme.