Noble chafer beetles
The striking noble chafer beetle lives a reclusive life in traditional orchards. But, as orchard intensification, neglect and development reduce its habitat, this beautiful beetle is becoming increasingly rare.
Noble chafer beetles live in small, isolated populations around the UK. They are associated with traditional orchards and wood pastures where they depend on decaying wood within live trees. Sadly the noble chafer beetle is classified as ‘Vulnerable’, which means they face a very high risk of extinction in the wild. We are working hard to preserve their main habitats and you can help too.
Read more below about the beautiful noble chafer beetle, how you can help them survive and report any vital sightings.
Noble chafer beetle facts
Find out more about these stunning beetles. Where do they live? What do they eat? Are there any similar beetles in Britain?
Seen a noble chafer beetle?
Please tell us where and when you saw a noble chafer beetle. Send us your images and learn how to take dropping samples for identification.
Help noble chafers
Find out how to look for noble chafer beetles and their larvae and protect them. Advice on managing beetle habitats such as orchards.
Read about the new habitats we have created for the noble chafer at Iwade orchard in Kent and learn about how we are protecting them for the future.
More ways to help wildlife
You can take action in your garden or local green space to help an array of wildlife. Join in more PTES surveys and complete simple tasks over the year.
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Anyone can help protect the future of threatened wildlife like noble chafer beetles. Donate to PTES today to help fund the essential work we do to save species.