Saving England's most threatened species from extinction



Sunshine on the Sefton coast – a reminder of last year’s surveys

Last week during the wonderful sunny weather, I noticed hundreds of St Marks flies hanging round outside my window whilst working at home, so called because they emerge around St Marks day - 25th April. They reminded me of this time last year when I was out surveying in the sand dunes on the Sefton...

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Connecting to Nature: A Focus on Well-being in Unusual Times

We now know that spending time in nature is good for us! There has recently been an increasing body of compelling research and evidence to back up what many of us are intrinsically aware of. Being surrounded by nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but can improve physical well-being, lowering blood pressure, heart...

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Good news for the Marsh Fritillary!

  In these tough times it's great to be able to share some positive news for one of our target species. The Marsh Fritillary is one of our rarest butterflies and for many years has been known to breed at just one site in Gloucestershire. This precarious outlook however has recently been given a boost...

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The BftB Travelling Exhibition!

This year, the Back from the Brink travelling exhibition will be travelling across England to a range of different spaces - from the Great North Museum: Hancok in Newcastle, to the Custard Factory in Birmingham. ‘What on earth is the Back from the Brink travelling exhibition’, I hear you cry! It all started two years...

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BftB Impact Report, 2020

Back from the Brink enters its final year – how’s it been going so far? Over the last three years, across our 19 projects from Northumberland to Cornwall, and with the support of nearly 100 organisations – we’ve achieved a lot! We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished, and so to celebrate this final year...

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Roots of Rockingham 2019

The Roots of Rockingham have blossomed with many fantastic successes this year! The first Chequered Skipper butterfly to emerge in England in over 40 years was recorded in the Rockingham Forest this year as a result of a successful translocation following dramatic and extensive habitat improvement work by Forestry England. This year a second reintroduction...

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Chequered Skipper Success!

A previously extinct butterfly has bred successfully in an English woodland for the first time in more than 40 years as part of the ambitious conservation project, Back from the Brink. Freshly emerged Chequered Skippers have been regularly spotted over the last few weeks at a secret location in Rockingham Forest, Northamptonshire, and it is...

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The awesomeness of Volunteers

  Thousands of people give their time to save endangered species in the UK... The Back from the Brink project is marking National Volunteers’ Week by celebrating the amazing work volunteers are doing to save endangered species in England. In just two years over two thousand people have volunteered their time to help the Back...

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Partnership working

Conservation is all about partnership.Without the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas, very little can be achieved in farmland conservation – particularly here in the Wessex region. It can be easy for conservation organisations to become insular and locked into their specific taxa group, be it birds or plants or invertebrates, but the reality of...

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