London Wildlife Trust Stag Beetle Project

on Friday, 08 April 2011. Posted in N21 Community


Did you know that Winchmore Hill is one of the few areas in the country where stag beetles can be found?


Stag beetles those large black beetles with crunchy shells (if you inadvently step on them) are a globally threatened species, protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and listed as a priority species for the UK and London Biodiversity Action Plans.


Its distribution has contracted in the last 40 years, although it is still locally common in a number of ‘hotspots’ such as the New Forest, the Thames Valley, around north-east Essex and parts of London, including Winchmore Hill. It is believed that the destruction of its key habitat – dead wood – through the ‘tidying-up’ of woodlands and parks is the prime reason for its decline, although in urban areas the impacts of pollution, vegetation clearance and assorted predators from cats to foxes are also adding to its demise.


Thanks to Siobhan Cosgrove for passing on this interesting information, as well as a link to an advice sheet published by London Wildlife Trust on protecting stag beetle habitats. You can download the report by clicking on the image.




"You can also see stag beetles in my back garden most years.  I had to stop trapping slugs in beer after I found two male stag beetles in the sunken cups.  If you leave old tree trunks to rot away, or create a loggery (sinking logs a couple of feet or more into the ground) you can attract them as they like sunken rotting wood on which to lay their eggs"  Paul





Did you know that Winchmore Hill is one of the few areas in the country where stag beetles can be found?

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