Stag beetles

Spectacular stag beetles are in decline. We are fighting to save this iconic species, and you can too.

You may see stag beetles flying around on warm summer evenings, or you might dig up the large, white grubs, called larvae, in the garden.  The stag beetle is our largest land beetle and the males have characteristic ‘antlers’- but don’t worry, they are harmless.

They have a fascinating life cycle feeding on dead wood which can last up to seven years. As a result stag beetles are vulnerable to predators and suffer enormously from habitat destruction and sadly their numbers are declining across Europe. These amazing creatures used to be a common sight, especially in the south of the UK, but across Europe, they are declining. They’ve even become extinct in a couple of countries. We can’t let that happen here, so please join us in helping before it’s too late.

Read more below about the magnificent stag beetle, how you can help them survive and record any sightings as part of our Great Stag Hunt survey

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