Dorset residents invited on weekend conservation event in bid to save stag beetles

A WILDLIFE charity is inviting Dorset residents to a Stag Weekend next month and to celebrate and save threatened stag beetles.

People's Trust For Endangered Species (PTES) is encouraging anyone with a garden or an allotment to help the UK's largest land beetle, the stag, by recording any sightings and making their green spaces more stag beetle friendly. Those without a garden can having a look for stag beetles when they are out walking.

The sightings of the beetles will contribute to PTES' annual Great Stag Hunt survey, which has been running since 1998 and last year saw over 8,000 sightings.

 

Laura Bower, Conservation Officer at PTES, said: “Stag beetles were once a common sight, but they’ve declined - mostly due

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