How to make a home for stag beetles

Do it:

All year round

Takes just:

one hour

Stag beetles lay eggs underground near rotting wood. The larvae of these insects live in the wood for up to five years, before pupating to become adults. Help protect this endangered species by making a simple habitat for them.

You will need

  • Bucket
  • Bark chippings
  • Soil
  • Craft knife

Advertisement

Use a craft knife to make holes about 3 cm across in the sides and base of the bucket.

Choose an area of your garden that will not be disturbed and dig a hole to bury the bucket so that its rim is just below soil level. Loosely fill any gaps around the bucket with soil.

Place a few large stones in the bottom of the bucket and then fill it with bark chippings and a little garden soil.

Advertisement

Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury says

Dead wood is extremely important to stag beetles, particularly if it is buried underground. Stag beetles have been known to lay eggs in the roots of very old established shrubs, including forsythia and buddleia. Take great care when removing old shrubs in your garden and do try to keep tree stumps as they provide an important habitat for these endangered beetles, plus a wide range of other insects.

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to make a bug box

Daffodil and primula spring pot

How to make a trellis from hazel poles

Related offers

Offer

Save 15% at Crocus

Enjoy a 15 per cent saving at Crocus. Choose from plants, tools, gifts, stylish outdoor accessories and more. Enter our offer code at checkout to claim your discount.

Use code: GWMAY15

Order now

Offer

Save on patio lavatera

Bee-friendly lavatera 'Barnsley Baby' is neat and compact, making it ideal for growing in pots. With this offer, you'll save £11.98 when you buy two plants for just £12.

Order now

Offer

36 free* perennials

Claim your collection of 36 bee-friendly perennials (worth over £35), including armeria, coreopsis, digitalis, echinacea and scabiosa, for free - *just pay £5.65 postage.

Order now