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South London is stag beetle hotspot according to wildlife trust

PUBLISHED: 12:21 27 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:21 27 July 2016

Stag Beetle sightings are on the rise

Stag Beetle sightings are on the rise

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Beetles have been spotted in Bromley and Bexleyheath

Wildlife experts claim south London has become a hotspot for Britain’s biggest beetle - the stag beetle.

The creepy-crawlies is rare or extinct across much of Britain, but are reportedly hanging on in London’s parks and gardens.

Beetles had been spotted in Bromley and Bexleyheath, with Cray Valley a particularly good area to go beetle-spotting.

With stag beetle’s hatching season coming to an end, sightings have gone up on previous years.

Matthew Frith, director of conservation at London Wildlife Trust, said: “The skewed distribution of stag beetles across London still isn’t fully understood, so the more sightings we can record the better.

“Beetle friendly sites can be found all over London, and yet we get the majority of our reports from gardens, parks and streets in the south”

If you have seen a stag beetle in London there is still time to share your sighting with the Trust, just visit www.wildlondon.org.uk/stag-beetle-survey

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