Saving England's most threatened species from extinction

April’s monthly update blog

April – what a month it’s been! Spring has officially sprung, and with that – our species are starting to come out of the woodwork, some quite literally! It’s all starting to get very exciting – let’s take a look at what’s been happening this month across England.

Easter saw a range of happenings across the country - from an Easter-egg hunt in the dunes of the Sefton Coast as part of our Gems in the Dunes project, to a celebration of egg photography from a range of Back from the Brink species on our social media – there are some funky looking eggs around!

Our Black-tailed Godwit project, in partnership with Project Godwit, have been celebrating the return of these gorgeous birds in the East of England. With an average of only 60 breeding pairs returning to the UK, we’re excited to see how the work of this project will increase numbers and provide a brighter future for this species.

We’ve been Field Cricket crazy this month with ‘cricket tickling’ being a focus for us. Cricket tickling is a process that license holders go through in order to translocate Field Crickets – if you’d like to know more, take a look at the blog explaining it all, or go to our YouTube channel and see it in action! Our team recently headed to one of the sites to catch up with the project officer and see what it’s all about (the source of the fantastic header photo on this page). Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming blogs all about the day from a range of perspectives – a photographer, an editor and a communications manager… there’s a joke in there somewhere…

What else! The Back from the Brink team were at the RSPB Weekend a few weeks ago showcasing our projects to the attendees.
The communications team were joined by our fantastic Buglife Project Manager, Sarah Henshall, who spread the message of the amazing work that our Ancients of the Future project is doing across England with ancient trees and the species that rely on them. She gave a fantastic speech alongside Communications Manager James Harding-Morris, telling us of the reasons behind the project and why it’s so important.

We also had a fabulous stand and new leaflets (thanks to The Point) and if that weren’t enough to get people inspired – a creative workshop was run by Community and Outreach Officer for BftB, Emma Burt. The results of the session were beautiful and examples can be seen on our Instagram page.
What a weekend!

Our Gems in the Dunes project haven’t just been hiding eggs among the sands… they’ve also been doing a massive amount of work – sand patch creation, dune slack creation etc., in order that the habitat the very rare species found within the dunes rely on, is available in the coming summer months. As always – all of the work they’re doing as a project couldn’t be done without the incredible volunteers that come along to their event days. For details on how you can get involved in this, or any of our projects, take a look at the bottom of this page.

Our projects across the country have been spreading the word of Back from the Brink – from talks at national conferences to butterfly identification events. We’re well on the way to saving species!
Talking of spreading the word – our social media has had a fantastic month. We have over 4,300 followers on Twitter and growing, a further 1000+ on Facebook and growing Youtube and Instagram pages.
We want to ensure that you, the people helping make Back from the Brink possible, are kept up to date with what’s happening across the country through photos, videos, podcasts, blogs, updates, news and events – we’ve got it all! We couldn’t do the work we do without you and your support is invaluable.

So what can we look forward to in May?...
Natterjack Toad night-time walks, Field Cricket safaris, Shrill Carder Bee days, the ringing of Black-tailed Godwits for tracking purposes, Adders, moths, bat and orchid walks, but most importantly – we’ll be in the lead up to our Chequered Skipper re-introduction!
A species found within our Roots of Rockingham project - we’re so excited to see this magnificent butterfly return to England. Keep an eye out on our website and social media for updates on its progress!

As they say – that’s all she wrote folks! It’s been an incredible month with a lot starting to kick off. We can’t wait to see what May has in store… and the next 3 years in fact!

As always, a massive thank you to players of the National Lottery for making Back from the Brink possible; thank you to our other funders, to our fantastic partnership, to all of the other organisations across England that are contributing and collaborating to make this work possible.
And to you – our readers, the people who are supporting us in everything we do.

 

Till next time.

 

Emma Burt

Community and Outreach Officer for Back from the Brink.

 

Would you like to help this incredible species? There are numerous ways in which you can:

  • Why not volunteer for Back from the Brink? Check out our events page for opportunities near you.
  • Help us to spread the word of this species, and the others we will be helping over the next 3 years, by sharing our message across our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages. Follow us: @naturebftb.
  • Finally - help support the work we do across England by donating. Our impact will be greater with your help.

 

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