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A look back at June…What a month!

I can’t believe it’s already July… Time is flying by at Back from the Brink.
What’s been happening this month?

The beginning of June saw the start of orchid week!
Across a number of our projects, the work we’re doing will benefit a variety of orchid species – from the Fly Orchid in our Roots of Rockingham project to the Frog Orchid in our Limestone’s Living Legacies project, set in the Cotswolds.
We saw a wonderful response on social media, with people from across the country letting us know of sightings - #seenit! Did you know that the word orchid comes from the Greek “Orchis” meaning testicle which refers to the paired underground tubers that some species exhibit?... Well I sure didn’t! But these weird and wonderful facts, supplied by our project staff across the country, make these species come to life and gives them a story, a history, that I hope allows others to connect to these rare species as much as it does for me.

Our Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail project has been busy with some wonderful events that have allowed people to see the habitat of this long-named, tiny and rare snail species. They’ve had a series of wetland days, open to all, with the aim of informing people about this incredibly rare snail and its habitat requirements. Keep your eyes on our events page for more! Project Officer Jane Sears has also recently gained her wings with the maiden voyage of drone footage for Pulborough Brooks ditch trials. We can’t wait to see what that looks like!

The Field Cricket project have been showcasing the other species you can find on the reserves where this rare mini-beast can be found, with Nightjar evenings and night time safaris (I wasn’t able to get to one of these but they sound amazing!).
We have 12 species specific projects happening across England as part of Back from the Brink, but the work we do within these projects benefits a range of other threatened species, across taxa. It’s wonderful to show people how the work we’re doing will help so many animals, plants and fungi and we aim to continue to do so, over the next few years.

Our Grey Long-eared Bat project has also been holding some lovely events with evening bat walks and bat detector workshops! That moment where you hear one of the rarest bats in England must be such a privilege. I have my fingers and toes crossed that I’ll hear one when we go to visit the project this summer! They will be holding similar events, including surveying for this incredibly rare species, throughout the next few months so if you’d like to get involved and help – keep an eye on our events page.

Towards the end of June we celebrated a blue week, taking a look at the Back from the Brink blue species across all of our projects, including the Large Blue butterfly, the Studded Blue and the Black Oil Beetle – don’t be fooled by the name! In certain lights this beetle turns shades of blue, it’s quite beautiful. #bluefromthebrink

Our Colour in the Margins team are now in full swing and getting the message of arable species out there!
They ran a series of events and workshops this month, including guided walks, surveying, farm walks and workshops for landowners. This is one of our projects that spans England, from the Brecks to Cornwall and they have some wonderful collaborations – for example the work they’re doing with Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (take a look at their newest event happening this month in conjunction with Kew MSB here). It’s an incredibly exciting project and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store!

Our Shrill Carder Bee project is now busy, busy, buzzy (pun intended). This species is a slightly later showing bee but with all of this fabulous weather, our project officer spotted not one but two a few weeks ago which is fantastic news! This rare bee was our #seenit species last week and we hope to spot many more!

Those are the highlights from June folks, but what have you got to look forward to in July I hear you cry!
Never fear – there are events happening across the country – from flower walks to bat surveys! They’re all up on our events page – take a look through and see what takes your fancy! We’ll see you there.

Our Community Arts project is up and running with a call out for any creatives to get involved with Back from the Brink. The arts are a beautiful way of inspiring people and getting them involved with wildlife. Back from the Brink aims to bring a creative flare to the work they do over the next few years so this is an incredible opportunity for anyone out there with a passion for nature, community and the arts. The deadline for applications is the 18th of July so if you know of anyone that might be interested, please send them through to this page which has all the information they’ll need.

The Black-tailed Godwit migration is due to start in July so keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter page for the latest on that story. And generally across projects – our staff are incredibly busy with surveys, walks and talks and doing their best to ensure that the Back from the Brink species are getting the most out of the project. I personally can’t wait to see what happens this month – I’ll be visiting some of the projects across England and will of course keep you updated through social media with interviews, pictures and posts from the landscapes, reserves and staff themselves.

I know for a fact that some of you are reading this blog and thinking ‘those species sound awesome, I’d love the chance to see one and help out’… Well what do you know, you can!
We’re always in need of a hand, the more the merrier. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a species genius to get involved either. Most of the events we do are aimed towards anyone and everyone – we just want to spread the word of the incredible species near you that need your help.
So if you’d like to be a part of Back from the Brink, don’t forget to keep an eye on our events page, or follow us on social media @NatureBftB to get the latest news and updates, across England.

It looks like July will be another month of hot, sunny days so stay hydrated and enjoy the outdoors! Spread the word of Back from the Brink, get in touch if you have any questions (through social media) and don’t forget - there will be plenty of new blogs to keep you going until the next update. So have fun with those and I’ll be back with another BftB monthly blog in a month!

Till next time!

 

Emma Burt 

Community and Outreach Officer

 

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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