The spider has a body about 2.5 cm long - add in the legs and it's about 6 cm. I hate spiders, but curiosity got the better of me.
And it's got fangs - looking at them with a magnifying glass - I think they could puncture human skin
As you can see - it's safely under a glass at the moment. But . . . . what is it? Is it native? What should I do with it?
Hi Tammy, that looks very much like a good old native house spider (Tegenaria domestica), very common and harmless as far as I know! But I just read there are 5 species, some larger than others but all native to the UK. Hope this helps!
Thanks Mellojo I had a look at the website, but I'm not sure still. I know the giant house spiders and have captured and released many over the years. This is different from any I've ever seen - a much chunkier spider than any previous. Also the abdomen is much bigger.
Sorry Mary - can't find any reference to dandrois - can you expand the name for me please?
I very much think that Mellojo is correct & this is a Tegenaria/house spider. There is no reson to believe it is anything but a native spider. This is a female, they have larger (chunkier) abdomens than males. The fangs do not look unusually large for this kind of spider. They are not generally implicated in bites, certainly not with venomous bites that carry notable side effects, though they can puncture human skin. She is harmless to us and if you let her go, she will probably return to her web.