Despite the looming threat of a downpour Paul, Chris, Mike and Shaun joined me at Rushmoor Bottom to install some stumperies. These features are being put in across the valley as part of the Trust’s work this year to increase habitat for Stag Beetles. The larvae for this beetle spend 7 years eating rotting wood before they emerge so need a good supply to last them all this time.
First the guys started by digging a hole at least 0.5m deep.
Then we find a selection of wood to fill the new hole. Stag beetles especially like oak and beech.
And then finally back fill around the wood to make sure it’s secure.
Many thanks to everyone for coming out for such hard work. Have you found 3 stumperies yet?
Assistant Ranger Laura