Hi, there. I am in the south of the UK, and spotted this spider outside the widow the other day. There is one similar to it outside the window in the kitchen at work and I am having trouble identifying it! Does anyone know what it might be?
The commonest orb weaver in your area is Araneus diadematus (European garden spider). See if the topside of yours looks like this:
http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/462916/enlarge or http://www.gardensafari.net/en_picpages/araneus_diadematus.htm