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In Europe, Dolomedes platarius is Red Listed by the IUCN and classified as 'Vulnerable'. It is also Red Listed by several European countries, including the UK where it is currently classified as Endangered (Merrett and Bratton, 1991). It is fully protected by UK law under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and is the subject of a Species Action Plan (Section 42 NERC Act 2006). Click here to view the Action Plan.
PLEASE NOTE that in the UK a licence is required under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for any activity that is likely to cause disturbance to this species. For information on species licencing click here.