Posted 1st May 2018
Following some simple tips can help you to create your own stag beetle haven, ideal for helping the protected insect to thrive
1 Create a log pile
A major problem facing the stag beetle is a lack of rotting wood for them to lay eggs in or near, and for their larvae to feed on. Creating a log pile (or a log pyramid, if you're after a challenge), can provide stag beetles with habitat for the future. They're also a great habitat for other invertebrates, and will, in turn, provide food for hedgehogs and birds.
2 Leave dead wood in your garden
Leave old stumps and dead wood alone - these will provide the perfect habitat and a food supply. If you are looking to make the stumps more attractive, you can try growing a climbing plant, such as clematis up it.
3 Reduce dangers
Stay vigilant when mowing your lawn and keep your eyes peeled for predators; try to scare away magpies and keep your own pets indoors during the warm evenings when stag beetles will be flying around. You should also make sure any open water has an exit point - if you see a beetle that looks dead in the water, take it out! They will often revive.
4 Record your sightings
Let PTES know where you've spotted a stag beetle. Sightings are key to finding out where populations are thriving, in need of help, or are non-existent.
Tips courtesy of PTES / images courtesy of Nick Rhodes / Brian Hargreaves