Back From the Brink
More than 100 species of England’s most threatened wildlife - including wild flowers - could be saved from extinction.
‘Back from the Brink’ is a partnership project that brings together a range of conservation organisations to focus on protecting key threatened wild flowers, butterflies, birds and other species – such as the pasqueflower (pictured below), sand lizard, and Duke of Burgundy butterfly – from extinction.
The programme is being run by Natural England and the Partnership for Species Conservation – a coalition of seven of the UK’s leading wildlife charities including Plantlife (the others are the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).
By working together at sites across the country, ‘Back from the Brink’ will save 20 species from extinction and help another 118 species that are under threat move to a more certain future.
This is our chance to leave a lasting legacy for the next generation, by bringing like-minded bodies together for the first time ever.Marian Spain, Chief Exectutive of Plantlife & Chair of the Back From the Brink programme board
The programme will combine three strands of work, including species conservation on the ground in over 30 places across England, working with landowners, communities, and volunteers, and inspiring people to enjoy and appreciate England’s threatened species.
It is a key contributor to achieving the Government’s Biodiversity Strategy 2020 and forms part of Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme, which focuses on boosting populations of rare insects, birds, amphibians, plants, fungi, and mammals.
Plantlife is leading or working with partners in the following Back from the Brink projects:
Lesser Butterfly Orchid
Led by Plantlife, this project will establish a network of helpers to find out more about where this orchid is growing and more detailed information about its needs. We’ll undertake careful habitat management and trial new techniques...
Cornish Path Moss
Led by Plantlife, this project will train local bryophyte (moss and liverwort) experts to identify the moss and continue the search for more of it, and we’ll run activities to tell people about this special plant.
Limestone's Living Legacies
As part of a project led by Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife will work with landowners to restore and manage a network of grassland sites in the Cotswolds.
Colour in the Margins
Led by Plantlife, this is a project that will empower local agricultural communities throughout England to take action for arable habitats.
Dorset's Heathland Heart
Led by Plantlife, this project includes an ambitious programme of management work across selected sites, creating the micro-habitats that key heathland species need...
Ancients of the Future
As part of a project led by Buglife, to protect England's treescapes, Plantlife will be working with landowners across the country to secure recovery of species reliant on ancient trees.
As part of a project led by Natural England, Plantlife will be helping to restore and create a mosaic of habitats for the Brecks’ rarest wildlife.
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