i found a spider in my garden in kent. im wondering if anyone can help with its identification please. its entire body is approx 1 inch long not including legs.
Yes, it's a big one. Tube Web Spider, Segestria florentina.
Just a side note. I have always been facinated by Segestria florentina and look out for them in my travels. I tend to both horrify and facinate people by luring them out of their lairs with a blade of grass. A week or so ago I noticed a massive population explosion of tube webs in a local road. So it was reasonably short work to find a couple of big 10mm diameter tubes, that were probably the source of this nearby expansion. A blade or grass and an adrenalin rush later I was suprised to find a pair of enormous adult female ( 25mm + body length) Segestria senoculata. I have not seen many of these about before and the similarity in size to S. florentina took me back a little (although I have seen S. florentina living in 14mm diameter tubes with a body length of around 32mm). On checking I found all the local tubes to be ocupied by juvenile 'Snake Backs'. Before hand I had always thought of these spiders as being more rural than town dwellers but now they seem to have happily made the switch. I await the sound of fighting as the S.florentina from the local wood yard half a mile away expand their territory as well.