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Stag Beetle Count- take part

What is the Stag Beetle Count?

Sadly, the incredible stag beetle is threatened across Europe. In order to protect the future of stag beetles, we need to know more about not only where they are surviving, but also how many there are, year on year. And that’s where citizen scientists come in – we need your help!

We need your help to find out this vital information by taking part in the Stag Beetle Count. This annual survey is a European wide study that will allow us to see long-term trends and take action where and when needed. Anyone who lives in an area where stag beetles are found can take part from 1st June 2020.

In order for us to detect long-term trends, observations should be done over a few years, rather than just once. If you are interested in taking part, please read the below instructions thoroughly. If you would rather record a one-off sighting of a stag beetle click here.

There are two ways you can take part in 2020:

A) Count stag beetles in your garden

This garden version of the our survey can be carried out at home especially for 2020 season with Covid-19 restrictions in place.

Simply count stag beetles for half an hour each week during June and July. Read more and get started using the options below:

B) Or count stag beetles along a short walk

This version is designed to be part of your daily exercise and in line with Government guidelines. Please don’t put yourself or others at risk.

Choose a 500m ‘transect’ (a linear walk) where you know stag beetles occur. Walk the route weekly, at least six times during June and July. Read more and get started using the information below:

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