Ancient woodlands are irreplaceable. They're a theme emphasised by The Woodland Trust and they’re one of the reasons I got interested in science. Those gnarled old trees, those mosses, those lichens! And today I see that there’s another reason to love ancient woodlands. A species not seen for decades has been seen again.
After all the weird weather we’ve been having (the Jet Stream’s fault, we hear) and all the talk of climate change (which is for real: I’m a scientist and I trust my colleagues when they reach a consensus) I wonder whether any ecologists have suggested what brought this spider back. I’ll ask around in the Faculty. Though I must admit, it’s such a tiny spider and looks so commonplace, I’m sure that I’m not the only person who could see one and notice nothing.