Home for Stag Beetles

Stag Beetles are in a lot of trouble and one of my favourite charities, The People’s Trust for Endangered Species, is asking people to build log piles for them.

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The logs should be untreated and from deciduous trees and half buried in the ground. The buried bit will start to rot and hopefully be perfect for stag beetle larvae in a few years time.

Today we built our log pile in a shady part of the meadow so that it should stay nice and damp:

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Digging the hole, using visiting son labour.
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Turns out the hole was too big for the available Sycamore wood
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Wedging the logs in
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Put some stones in to further firm things up
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Banked up soil around it.
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Finished

We have now registered this log pile with the charity and will let them know how it all turns out – we have not seen a stag beetle here to date but it certainly would be great to do so.

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