The attached picture was taken in my garden last July. The pictures that I have found of Raft Spiders seem to tie in with this one's appearance, but it is quite small (it's sitting on a fuchsia leaf that is only 5-6cm long), and there are no ponds nearby!
Any ideas will be much appreciated.
It certainly looks like a young fimbriatus - it doesn't look right for Pisaura though it is variable in appearance. D fimbriatus is known to climb bushes etc. and wander away from pools. You say there are no ponds but is there a boggy area, or river, nearby? What part of the UK?
Thanks for the reply.
My garden is in a village in Surrey. We're surrounded by nature reserves that are quite boggy, and I know there are raft spiders out there. But that is at least a half a mile away, and no rivers or other boggy areas closer than that.
Could it have "hitched a lift" somehow?!
My guess is that it ballooned there (i.e. drifted through the air on a silken thread) when tiny. According to the Dolmedes web site fimbriatus shows a greater tendency to do this than plantarius. See (about 3/4 way down) -