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Stag Beetles in SE23

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Joined 31-10-2006
Posted on Friday, 01 June, 2007 - 07:26 am:   

I saw a stag beetle flying around last evening near Dunoon Road, a protected species and increasingly rare we are very lucky to have a colony in SE23 even if it can be a bit of shock when they are flying towards you at head height. Has anyone else seen them in the area this year?
Joined 07-06-2006
Posted on Friday, 01 June, 2007 - 08:29 am:   

Not yet but looking forward to it.

I have not seen one here but was very interested to hear about them at the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve visit. Great news that they are out - just remember to duck!
Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Saturday, 02 June, 2007 - 06:25 am:   

Ther used to be quite a lot of them at Eloit Bank School some years ago.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 02 June, 2007 - 09:01 am:   

I hate to say this, but protected species or not, if one of those gigantic things comes flying at me in the street I won't guarantee my reaction will be ' animal friendly'. Sorry!
Joined 08-10-2006
Posted on Sunday, 03 June, 2007 - 08:53 am:   

Two stag beetles (male and female) were flying around in Hengrave Road gardens last night.
Joined 08-05-2007
Posted on Monday, 04 June, 2007 - 02:59 pm:   

Great to hear that they're still about! Used to see them many years ago when I lived in Honor Oak Road. I recall they mainly seemed to appear around dusk. I think they liked to lurk in the roadside trees. Also used to see them in Hornimans Park. They can look and sound rather frightening, but essentially they're harmless. If you're feeling brave you can pick them up! But personally I'd leave them to get on and do whatever it is that stag beetles do!
Joined 15-04-2006
Posted on Friday, 08 June, 2007 - 11:43 am:   

I had a couple last year - scared the life out of me at first, but yep, nice to knwo they are surviving in se23
Joined 31-10-2006
Posted on Saturday, 09 June, 2007 - 08:51 pm:   

Just seem another one of these amazing creatures. Flying (very badly) towards One Tree Hill.

PS You can log your sitings on the website of the People's Trust for Endangered species:
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 13 June, 2007 - 10:07 pm:   

The kids found one on the pavement (on his back) in Manor Mount this morning.
On Saturday we were at the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve and someone turned over a log and found a stag beetle larva. It was big, fat and juicy looking.
Joined 06-02-2007
Posted on Monday, 18 June, 2007 - 02:05 am:   

I usaully get at least 1 stag beetle in my garden flat every year [yuk!], generally hiding on my plants...I often leave my front door open [it's off street] and I also find at least 2 in the garden every year. When I lived on Gordonbrock Road, just off the top of Ladywell Road, I always saw plenty around there, especially near the graveyard...don't ask me why there though...last year, saw the strangest freakiest looking insect in my was the size of a stag beetle or bigger, was was much stranger looking - it had settled on my neighbour's skirt - she leapt 300 feet into the, it wasn't a stag beetle, I've seen enough to recognise them, don't know what this was. I just wish I could appreciate them...
Joined 26-02-2006
Posted on Saturday, 28 July, 2007 - 10:10 pm:   

I realise it's late in the season but I finally spotted one on Wood Vale. It wasn't flying but on the pavement around the junction of Melford Road. I'd forgotten exactly how big they are!
Joined 28-11-2006
Posted on Monday, 30 July, 2007 - 04:39 pm:   

I think maybe the reason they are now endangered is because they have a suicidal streak. I have spotted quite a few now, rambling along the pavement of Stanstead Road of all places. Why are they not in a lovely garden somewhere?
Lemmings spring to mind......

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