Formerly, this species had a mainly western distribution in Britain, but it has also been found in Durham, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Hertfordshire and Surrey. However it has suffered a prolonged decline, and is now found in just five sites, in Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Norfolk (3). Outside of Britain, this beetle has a wide distribution throughout the Palaearctic region(3).
The decline in coppice management of woodlands has contributed to the decline of this beetle, along with the loss of old lime woodlands and the widespread practice of 'tidying up' woodlands, by removing fallen or dying wood (3).
The UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) lists the bark bast beetle as a priority species; the Species Action Plan that has been produced as a result of this prioritisation aims to maintain the number of sites that are occupied by the species, and increase their size (3). In addition, English Nature has included this beetle in its Species Recovery Programme.
The UK Biodiversity Action Plan for this species is available at UK BAP.
Coppicing is a traditional form of woodland management in which trees are cut close to the base of the trunk. Re-growth occurs in the form of many thin poles. Coppiced woodlands are cut in this way on rotation, producing a mosaic of different stages of re-growth.
In beetles and earwigs, the hard fore wings. They are held aloft when the insect flies, and are often coloured or patterned.
The region that includes Europe, the part of Asia to the north of the Himalyan-Tibetan barrier, North Africa and most of Arabia.
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