Help us find the Chestnut click beetle
The Chestnut click beetle is only found at two locations in Britain. Help Buglife hunt for the rare Chestnut click beetle this month.
7 th April 2011
The Chestnut click beetle (Anostirus castaneus) is only found at two locations in Britain: an area of soft cliffs on the Isle of Wight and at Birk Crag near Harrogate.
On Saturday 23 April we are running a survey, in conjunction with Harrogate Borough Council, to look for the beetle at Birk Crag and confirm that it is still present there.
|Chestnut click beetle (Anostirus castaneus) © Ian Middlebrook|
The Chestnut click beetle is an elusive beast, it has not been seen at Birk Crag for a number of years and is usually found on hot sunny days, so we will need a bit of luck with the weather!
This survey will suit people within easy reach of Harrogate as we may reschedule the date if the weather forecast does not look good.
No previous beetle expertise is required as this is a distinctive species and there will be specialists taking part who can help with identification. A keen eye and a spare afternoon are all that’s needed.
If you would like to join us in the hunt for this beetle please email Buglife.