Print page

Working together to bring England's wildlife 'back from the brink' of extinction

Last modified: 04 December 2015

Willow tit in tree

The willow tit, one of the birds set to benefit from the Back from the Brink project

Image: Graham Catley

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 (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, 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.

Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news as we work hard to save 20 species from extinction and improve the fortunes of almost 120 more. 

“The State of Nature report was a wakeup call for many as we looked at how many plant and animal species were in desperate need of help if they are to survive. For two years we have been working with specialists from a range of partner organisations to look at what must be done. This is the biggest project of its kind in England and we’re really grateful for the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

“Over the next 12 months we will be finalising our plans as we all pull together to make sure future generations inherit a healthier and more stable natural environment that is thriving and well cared for.”

Also commenting, Andy Evans RSPB head of nature recovery said: “We are looking plants and animals that are faced with extinction. Doing nothing is not an option, but it is not all doom and gloom. This investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund is a game changer that will support us in protecting England’s endangered species.

“The four years of the project will give us the chance to bring up the numbers of willow tits, white-clawed crayfish, field crickets, little whirlpool ram’s-horn snails, black-tailed godwits and many more. Working with our partners we will look at creating opportunities for around 50,000 people to get involved. 

“We want people to discover the amazing plants and wildlife that surrounds them, and to get involved in the fight to protect it. Only by working together as organisations and communities can we deliver the care needed to save our endangered species.”

For more information about the project visit Natural England.

Share this