Hi everyone, I’m James Harding-Morris, Communications Manager for Back from the Brink.

The purpose of this blog is to be a centralised place to talk about the Back from the Brink project as a whole. If you’ve explored the rest of the website you’ve probably found our individual project blogs, but this is – hopefully – going to be the place to get overall updates.


I suppose the first thing to do is to try and explain exactly what Back from the Brink is and how it all fits together. The aim of the project is to save 20 species from extinction, improve the conservation prospects of another 92 threatened species, and benefit a further 112. All in all, that’s 224 species.

But what are all those species? And how do they relate to the 19 projects on our projects page?

To answer the second question first; our 19 projects come in two types – single-species projects and integrated projects (integrated here meaning “lots of species”).
We have 12 single species projects:

Willow Tit

Black-tailed Godwit

Narrow-headed Ant

Shrill Carder Bee

Grey Long-eared Bat

Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail

Field Cricket

Pine Marten

Cornish Path Moss (my personal favourite so far)

Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Barberry Carpet Moth

Ladybird Spider


And seven integrated (“lots of species”) projects:

Ancients of the Future (about ancient trees, deadwood & the species that rely on this type of habitat).

Roots of Rockingham (Rockingham Forest is a landscape of national importance, this project will restore and manage woodland sites across the area).

Colour in the Margins (a project that focuses on arable species).

Shifting Sands (aiming to benefit the many endangered species of the Breckland of Norfolk and Suffolk).

Gems in the Dunes (based on the Sefton coast, England’s largest undeveloped dune system, this project aims to help the species that rely on this habitat).

Limestone’s Living Legacies (based in the Cotswolds, this project focuses on species reliant on limestone grasslands).

Dorset’s Heathland Heart (recreating microhabitats for the rare and threatened species found within the Dorset heaths).


Most of our 224 species are found within these integrated projects. For example, Ancients of the Future has a number of target species, which include the Queen’s Executioner Beetle, the Royal Splinter Cranefly and Violet Click Beetle, as well as loads of other species of insects, fungi and lichens.

Our pages don’t currently list every single species within a project because we are still developing an elegant way of displaying this (without it just being a big list on a page). We’ll hopefully have this up and running in the not-to-distant future.

There is more to explain about Back from the Brink (our partners, funders, geographical locations…) but I’ll go into more details in another post soon.

In the meantime, if you want daily updates on Back from the Brink or you want to ask any questions, consider following us on Twitter at @naturebftb.

If you want to make a difference to England’s most threatened species, there are many ways you can help. Firstly, we will be having a lot of different events happening across the country that you can get involved in, come and volunteer.
You can also help us by spreading the word of Back from the Brink and the work we'll be doing. Follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube) @naturebftb.
Lastly, please consider donating. With your help we can do so much more.

Thank you.


James Harding-Morris

Communications Manager

4 thoughts on “Welcome to Back from the Brink (part 1)

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your support.
      Take a look at our events page and keep your eye out for things happening near you.
      Our closest projects are Roots of Rockingham and the Black-tailed Godwit but there might be something else that will come closer to the counties you’ve mentioned.


  1. Can anyone please advise an e-mail or phone contact for whoever is in charge of the Lesser Butterfly Orchid projects?
    We have a site in North Cornwall where they were growing and possibly still are and would be interested in help and advice on preservation.
    The BFTB website is unhelpful with contact information.

    1. Hi Doug,

      Apologies, the Project Officer has only recently been put in place, hence the lack of contact details.
      Please email Mike Ingram at mike.ingram@plantlife.org.uk.
      He’ll be able to help you with any questions you may have.
      Very excited to hear about the site in NC! Thanks for getting in touch.


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