Well mulched man-made stag beetle habitat. Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Photo by Sylvie Barbalat, May 2007. This nichoir was monitored in the Spring of 2012. Only Cetonia aurata larvae were found; no Lucanus cervus larvae.
Conservation tip! All stumps and log piles benefit from regular lavish mulches of hard wood chips. So if you live in a stag beetle favoured area we highly recommend you to do this. I've done it myself, see Stag beetles in my back garden.
For more about the ecology of this stag beetle, visit the first link: Stag beetle nests, which illustrates how opportunistic this species seems to be. Through my research in an urban environment, I've come to the conclusion that stag beetles, in favoured areas, respond well to a dynamic management, that is, cutting and planting trees suits them. And the results of the Stag Beetle 'larval incidents' in private gardens survey attest to this hypothesis. This survey also showed that sometimes stag beetles nested under logs or simple log piles, or even fence posts. For more read the excelent PTES Stag Beetle Friendly Gardening brochure
Stag beetles — All they need is love and wood
 Tochtermann, B. von E. (1987). Modell zur Artenerhaltung der Lucanidae. Allg. Forst Zeits. 8/1987: 183-184.
 Rink M. and Sinsch U. (2007). Radio-telemetric monitoring of dispersing stag beetles: implications for conservation. Journal of Zoology 272 (3), 235-243. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00282.x
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