Conservation status

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's status has recently been changed from Endangered (Merrett & Bratton, 1991) to Vulnerable (Harvey et al. 2017). It is fully protected by UK law under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and is a 'species of principle importance for the conservation of biodiversity in England', listed on Schedule 41 (S41) of the NERC Act 2006 ( a former Biological Action Plan species). Click here to view the Species Action Plan (last revised 2010) and here to view the current S41 Priority Actions.

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 in England click here.