Great Stag Hunt

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6303 stag beetles recorded this year.

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 record your sightings below.

Historically, the stag beetle has been recorded throughout much of Western Europe, though in many countries it is now sadly thought to be very rare or even extinct. As a consequence, the stag beetle is protected here in the UK.

One of the ways we can ensure its survival is to keep a check on where it is found and try and maintain and increase the number of beetles.

Take part

Learn more about stag beetles and our work to save them, and read about what we have found out from previous Great Stag Hunts.

You can see some of the images from this year’s Great Stag Hunt in our Great Stag Hunt gallery.

How else we are helping

As well as our surveys we fund experts to carry out research to learn more about stag beetles and how to save them. Read more about our stag beetle campaign.