Saving England's most threatened species from extinction

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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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Community Arts Diary

I'm standing in a park with my hand on a tree that looks like the plant version of 93 year old - all lines, bumps and rolls - there's so much detail to be found when looking closely. I feel wiser just by looking at it?! It's 10 o'clock in the morning on a blustery...

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Community Artist Call-out!

Back from the Brink needs YOU! We're looking for 5 creative talents, from any specialty, to run a series of small events/workshops across England starting from April 2019 till March 2020. If you have a passion for people, place, nature and engagement then take a look. We'd love to see a range of skills apply...

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The art of stealth and the evolution of the ambush

There is a nocturnal arms race taking place above our meadows and wetlands. The race for survival between Grey Long-Eared Bats and their moth prey has been evolving for millennia – but who will win?   The reason Grey Long-Eared Bats echolocate so quietly is a prime example of co-evolution. There is a race going...

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Securing our seeds: in the bag!

Every seed is different, containing a unique package of genetic information to help it grow and adapt to its environment. Collecting for biodiversity conservation aims to capture as much of this information as possible – when it comes to diversity, more is definitely merrier! There are a few main points to bear in mind when...

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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...

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Opportunity to work with Colour in the Margins

We have an incredible opportunity to get involved with Back from the Brink and our Colour in the Margins project.   What is Back from the Brink? We span England - from Northumberland to the tip of Cornwall, we've got 19 amazing projects, 8 partner organisations working for the first time in collaboration and the...

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Natterjacks, Petalwort and custard creams!

Tuesday 19th June saw a large party of us (volunteers) creating a new “dune scrape” in the dunes north of Ainsdale beach.  A dune scrape is where a wet hollow is created in the dunes, with the intention of providing a habitat for species such as Natterjack Toads and Petalwort, amongst others.  On the day...

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