Monitoring of stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) spreading in Ukraine

Lucanus cervusStag beetle (Lucanus cervus) is the most known beetle of the Ukrainian fauna. At the present time, the geographic natural habitat of this species rapidly decreases. From year to year, there are progressively smaller chances to see it. It is caused by intensive elimination of old-growth oak forests for the purpose of forestry. These forests are the main natural habitats of stag beetle, but according to forestry standards, old oaks that feed beetles by their juice and where their larvae live are considered as overripe and cut down primarily.

Stag beetle is protected under the Red Book of Ukraine (1994). It is included to the Annex III of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). Many European countries carry out different monitoring programs on study of number and spreading of stag beetle. You can learn more about existing monitoring programs at this web-site.

It is very important to establish a stag beetle monitoring program in Ukraine. Unfortunately, there is lack of information on spreading of stag beetle and a lot of habitats are not recorded. Even data included in the Red Book of Ukraine are limited.

map of Lucanus cervusTherefore, we start the program of monitoring of stag beetle in Ukraine that could be supported by anyone who finds these beetles in wild nature.

To participate this program, please read the information about stag beetle on our web-site and fill the questionnaire about stag beetle locations you found. Questionnaire could be downloaded and filled out on your computer. After that, please send it to: or NECU, PO Box 89, Kyiv-25, 01025. Besides that, questionnaire could be filled out on-line. Amount of information could be sent is unlimited.

This information will be processed and included to database that will be available on-line. Information about volunteers who gave the data will be saved and also promulgated. Later this data will be passed to authors of the National Cadastre of Animals of Ukraine and new edition of the Red Book of Ukraine.

Therefore you can make your own contribution in studying of stag-beetle in Ukraine already now.