I had my eye on these matted grass clippings, which had been dumped on top of a rotten log by some nearby householder last year. I knew that of a cold winter's day nothing says comfortable invert home better than a cosy pile of matted and close-fitting putrifying vegetation.
And so it was that my new favourite piece of kit and I made for the woods and the chucking and bashing began. I had hoped for three species of spider and a pseudoscorp. I made my target on spider, failed on pseudoscorp, but bagged a bonus beetle (thanks in part to fellow 1k square participant Christian Owen). The spiders were more or less routine. However, since I had the spider book out I also took out a nice one from the shore from the 14th, which turned out to be shore specialist and lifer Halorates reprobus.
Sunday morning saw a brief run around the shore pull up (and it really was, this time) Anurida maritima and some rather fetching little molluscs from underside of a rock just below HWM.
|White tray - a boon to invert bothering|
|Haloretes - the rest looks like a standard Linyphiid!|
|Cingula trifasciata - largest 3mm|
|302||Ramalina subfarinacea||A lichen|
|303||Tenuiphantes cristatus||A Linyphiid spider|
|304||Halorates reprobus||A Linyphiid spider|
|305||Cingula trifasciata||A mollusc|
|306||Anurida maritima||A springtail|
|307||Cartodere nodifer||A scavenger beetle|
|308||Bathyphantes nigrinus||A Linyphiid spider|
|309||Neriene montana||A Linyphiid spider|
(edit: despite two new spider spp. I have fallen out of the PSL top 30 for arachnids. Hell no. That ain't happ'nin'. Fingers will have to be got out!)