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I was walking my dog through high grass, in England. We came across a big spider. The web was almost like a bowl/tube. The spider was black but the back part was big and a white colour. We avoided that spider but we came across many more. I have looked them up but can't find a matching image or description.

  • There are way too many species of spider to make it possible to identify one from this kind of description. – Ben Crowell Apr 21 '15 at 15:08
  • Please note that the spider was identified by userX as a "false widow," after reading the information and seeing the picture in the answer by @Liam. – Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL Mar 29 '18 at 2:28
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Could be two I'd guess:

Labyrinth spider

It's hard to completly identify but by the sound of the web shape and your description it is most likely a Labyrinth spider

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More info here

At this time of the year, the funnel webs in our gardens are normally the work of Labyrinth spiders. Labyrinths are common, shy little critters, and being a dull grey-brown colour they go largely unnoticed. It's only when they start building their webs that they draw attention to themselves.

They are very common and not remotely poisonous to humans,

False Widow

The only poisonous spider (that I'm aware of) in the UK is the false widow. Your description of the spider itself does vaguely match this:

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Neither are aggressive though the false widow is more dangerous (still very unlikely to cause serious damage unless you have a heart condition or something)

I'd be interested to know which if any it matches?

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    In fact. Looking at more images it wad a false widow. I saw quite a few which is scary – userX May 31 '14 at 21:00

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