Noble chafer beetle survey 2019
This summer PTES funded a new national noble chafer beetle survey. Hundreds of volunteers were sent a survey pack and asked to put up a (harmless!) trap and fit it with a lure. We’ve had some exciting finds so far and will bring you the full results soon. Thank you to everyone who has helped this year.
How this will help rare noble chafers
We want to expand our knowledge of this beautiful beetle’s range so we are looking to check orchards and wood pasture sites both in areas where they are currently known to exist, and in other areas where we don’t yet have records. Noble chafers have populations in the New Forest and in traditional orchards in Kent, the Three Counties and there are some isolated records in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
The lure in the traps has been developed specifically for this beetle so shouldn’t attract many other insects. It has also been shown to be very reliable. Hopefully this should not only tell us where noble chafers are, but where they aren’t (or aren’t any more) which is incredibly important information for us to allow us to protect the species and their habitats in the future.
The survey will be run by Deborah Harvey of Royal Holloway University, one of our research partners.
To learn more about noble chafer beetles and tell us about any other sightings click the green button below.