Stag Beetle survey
Stag Beetles breed in rotting and decaying wood and the larvae can take up to four years to mature. The species is widespread in Southern England and in Essex there are two distinct population centres in N.E. Essex and S.W. Essex. As well as semi-natural habitats it is found in urban gardens and parklands.
You are likely to see Stag Beetles on warm summer evenings between May and August, but with a peak in June. You can help by sending in records of all Stag Beetle sightings.