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how to help stag beetles

The best thing to do if you find a stag beetle (adult or larva) is to leave it alone, unless it is in immediate danger e.g. from predators or drowning.

If you are gardening and dig up a stag beetle larva (grub) please return it to where you found it and replace the soil and rotting wood.
If you have to cut down a tree, and you find stag beetle larvae amongst the roots, try to leave them there with as much of the original rotting wood and soil as possible.
If it is not possible to leave them there, please dig a hole in a quiet corner of your garden and put them in together with some of the rotting wood from their original site. Cover loosely with soil.

Great Stag Hunt
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