Great Stag Hunt
The magnificent stag beetle needs your help. This endangered species has become extinct in many parts of the UK, but together we can protect those that remain, before it is too late. Please tell us about your stag beetle sighting.
162 stag beetles recorded this year.
Stag beetle sightings
Before telling us about your sighting please have a look at our beetle and larval identification guides.
- Add your stag beetle sightings to our annual Great Stag Hunt.
- Create and record a log pile home for stag beetles.
You can see some of the images from this year’s Great Stag Hunt in our Great Stag Hunt gallery.
What to do if you find a stag beetle
If you find an adult stag beetle you can give it some soft fruit or sugar water and move it out of harms way. But the best thing is to let them go and find a mate! If you find a stag beetle larva please rebury it with some of the wood and soil in a shady undisturbed area. Don’t forget to record your stag beetle sighting.
Historically, the stag beetle was distributed throughout much of Western Europe. Sadly, in many countries it is now very rare or even extinct. As a consequence, the stag beetle is protected here in the UK.
How else we are helping
As well as our surveys we fund research into stag beetles and how to save them. Read more about our stag beetle campaign.