FOOTAGE shows a sea of spider webs glistening in the sunshine.

Filmed by Nina Stevens in her hometown of Thakeham, the footage shows a field covered in spiders webs for as far as the eye can see.

The 31-year-old said she stumbled across the phenomenon during a lunchtime walk along a public footpath near a local dairy farm.

''It was a bright, sunny day and I needed to stretch my legs - and I’m so glad I did,” she said.

“Initially, I wondered if this was like the flying ants and thought maybe spiders had a certain day where they all work together, I’d just never been lucky enough to spot it before.”

What Nina had seen I thought to be a sea of gossamer webs – a technique, also known as ballooning, that allows smaller spiders to travel far further than they could manage on foot.

The mass web is constructed by spiders who climb to the highest possible point of a plant and release silk threads to form a triangular parachute which catches the breeze and lifts the spider into the air and away from the site.

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“I believe it's done when a lot of money spiders work together to create webs so they can travel further than they would on foot,” Nina said after researching what she had seen.

“I think because it was such a calm day, they weren't destroyed by wind or rain. So, when the sun came out it reflected off of the dew-covered webs making a stunning, shimming sea on the grass.”

Nina credited the Wildlife Trust for providing and maintaining area where the public can “get lost in nature”.

“I thought about how lucky I was to be there at that moment, and with no other person in sight, and how all the right circumstances in the weather made them visible to me,” she said.

“If the cows were out in those fields, they would have already been destroyed. If the wind had picked up, I would have never known what those little spiders had done.

“I couldn't walk past without capturing it to share with my friends and family. I’m grateful I shared it online too - I couldn’t believe the reception it got.

''One of the social media pages for the Wildlife Trust reposted the video. They are the reason we have so many beautiful, natural spaces to enjoy.”