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Rare ladybird spider spins web of controversy in Belgium

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June 17 - A population of ladybird spiders is causing an administrative headache for the mayor of the Belgian town of Lommel as environmentalists pressure him to help preserve a rare colony discovered three years ago on a vast industrial site in the town. The authorities have plans to redevelop the site but conservationists believe it will kill off the species which was rediscovered in 2009, having been declared extinct in Belgium for more than a century. Jim Drury reports.

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