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!)
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 search 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.
Please review the above information and pages first. If you still have a question, please call 0800 148 8651, or select from the contacts below.
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 '@'
For identification of spiders
For general information and advice (not identification)
Dr Geoff Oxford, Honorary Secretary
For Press enquiries
Dr Geoff Oxford
For information on membership
BAS membership, Thorns Orchard, East Mill Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3DP
To advertise BAS members events
For information about the Newsletter
Danniella Sherwood Newsletter Editor
For information about the journal Arachnology
Prof. Paul Selden, 19 St Peter Street, MARLOW, Bucks. SL7 1NQ
For the Spider Recording Scheme
Mr Richard Gallon, SRS National Organiser
For the SRS Area Organiser Co-ordinator
Mr Liam Andrews
For the Pseudoscorpion Recording Scheme
For the Harvestman Recording Scheme
For information about sales items
Mr Francis Farr-Cox, 1 Winchester Road, BURNHAM-ON-SEA, Somerset, TA8 1HY
Regional Coordinators England
- Avon - Peter Smithers, email: petersmithersATblueyonder.co.uk
- Shropshire - Nigel Cane-Honeysett, email: Shropshire.spidersATgmail.com
- Somerset - Francis Farr-Cox, email: fppfcoxATtalk21.com
- Suffolk - Alan Thornhill, email: william.thornhillATbtinternet.
- E. & W. Sussex - Andy Phillips, email: threecubesATgmail.com
- Yorkshire - Geoff Oxford, email: geoff.oxfordATyork.ac.uk