Earlier this year, we went to Pipers Vale after dark to see what different wildlife we could find. Within about ten minutes we heard the sound of male stag beetles in flight as they were seeking females out noisily and clumsily.
Stag beetles are the UK’s second largest beetle with males being able to grow up to 8cm long. Only one other beetle in the UK is larger - the water beetle. With a life cycle that spans across several years, stag beetles are unfortunately susceptible to habitat destruction and predation and their numbers are sadly declining across Europe.
However, there are things we can all do to help stag beetle numbers, whether it's logging your sightings of adults or their larvae or actively building them suitable habitat for the larvae to live in such as creating dead wood piles. Click here to record your sightings here to find out how to create habitat suitable for stag beetles.