THE STAG BEETLE PROJECT
“The magnificent stag beetle is in decline. Stag beetles rely on underground dead wood such as rotting stumps to complete their fascinating life cycle and this habitat is under threat.”
-Laura Bower. Conservation Officer.
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
Stag beetles are one of the most spectacular insects in the UK. The male’s large jaws look just like the antlers of a stag. They spend most of their life underground as larvae, only emerging for a few weeks in the summer to find a mate and reproduce. Stag beetles and their larvae are quite harmless and are a joy to watch
The People's Trust of Endangered Species are particularly keen for people to record stag beetles in the counties on the border of their known range including Norfolk, Cheshire, Bedfordshire, Somerset, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Shropshire.
Also please keep a special eye open if you’re visiting the following places: Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, the New Forest and Epping Forest.