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Noble chafer beetle survey 2019

NEW survey – how you can help

PTES is funding a new national noble chafer beetle survey and is looking for volunteers to help over two weeks in June (exact date weather dependent).

You will be sent a survey pack and asked to put up a (harmless!) trap and fit it with a lure. You will then need to check the trap daily and remove and mark any beetles with a small spot on the abdomen – full instructions will be given.

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.

Sign up to survey noble chafer beetles

The survey will be run by Deborah Harvey of Royal Holloway University, one of our research partners.

Please contact Deborah for more information and to sign up for the survey by emailing d.harvey@rhul.ac.uk.  

Thank you.

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