stag beetle surveys and activities
There are a number of ways you can survey and help stag beetles.
- Record your stag beetle sightings with our Great Stag Hunt and view the stag photo gallery.
- Make use of dead wood and help increase stag beetle populations by creating Stepping Stones for Stags.
- Or Bury Buckets 4 Beetles to make a stag beetle haven in a small space and useful monitoring tool. Ideal for schools.
If you have found an adult stag beetle you can give them some soft fruit or sugared water and move it out of harms way but the best thing is to let them get on and find a mate! If you have found stag beetle larvae please rebury them with some of the wood and soil in a shady undisturbed area. Don’t forget to log your sighting below.
how else we are helping
For the last 10 years PTES has funded research into stag beetles with Prof Alan Gange and Dr Deborah Harvey at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). Together we have written the Biodiversity Action Plan for this threatened insect and developed the Bury Buckets 4 Beetles scheme. This research has been a real example of ‘Citizen science’ and has mobilised hundreds of volunteers to help in the conservation of this rare beetle. You can also visit RHUL’s stag beetle website for lots more interesting facts and free educational leaflets to download.