Twenty Species brought ‘Back from the Brink’ thanks to the National Lottery

Back from the Brink is an innovative project to save our rarest and most threatened wildlife such as the chequered skipper butterfly, ladybird spider and the Shrill carder bee. Led by Natural England, the project involves Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, RSPB and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. It’s the first time so many conservation organisations have joined together to tackle species extinction.

This major conservation project of its kind, with 20 UK species facing extinction, will be brought Back from the Brink thanks to an overwhelming £4.6 million funding from the National Lottery. The funding will also support a further 200 species of threatened animals, plants and fungi across sites in the UK.

Back from the Brink aims to highlight the importance of a co-ordinated effort to bring charities and conservation organisations together to save threatened species by improving habitat. Over the next four years, hundreds of volunteers including landowners, farmers and local community groups will work together to record these threatened species, help improve habitats and provide integrated advice and action for these species.

Working together on this project with Buglife, we aim to map the distributions of the Shrill carder bumblebee in England to help us better understand the distribution and abundance of this bumblebee and then undertake targeted land management activities to boost population numbers.

Gill Perkins, CEO of the Trust said “we are delighted to be part of such an important and inspirational programme working with these organisations to save some of our most threatened species, including the Shrill carder bee, found in only seven areas in southern England and Wales; action now will allow our future generations to enjoy wildlife for years to come”.

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