Found under a plank of wood in the veg patch. No evidence of a web.
No interactions present.
Can you provide me with some pointers - new to this and I have to admit to a great deal of ignorance. And need all the help I can get.
1) the first thing that struck me was that the legs and palps look too long and slender to be a Pardosa. But if you want more evidence -
2) the posterior median eyes are too small. Zoom in on your first photo and compare with the head on photos on these pages -
http://www.eurospiders.com/Malthonica_pagana.htm (an agelenid)
3) the pattern on the abdomen doesn't match P.amentata. Compare yours with the pattern on the Tegenaria on this page - particularly the pale patches at the front of the abdomen.
4) You say no evidence of a web and yet I can see lots of silk in the photos. It looks like you destroyed a web lifting the plank. There are Tegenaria species (or Malthonica) that live outdoors.
These were a great help. When I get back home I'll try and get some better photos to see if this helps to get a more accurate ID. Im beginning to understand the difficulties encountered with insects and spiders in particular.
with most agelenids (or lycosids) I don't think better photos will help much unless they can show details of the epigyne (adult female) or palp (adult male). I think you need to get a specimen under the microscope. Probably only about 10% of UK spiders can be IDd from photos that don't show such details.
Much more difficult the more I learn. Give me a patient And a dialysis machine andi Ican work wonders. So much to learn!
I think T. silvestris is the most likely ID but I can't be sure (so can't really agree)
Lat/Lng: 51.5697, -3.2269
OS grid ref: ST150863