A partnership of nature conservationists planning to help more than 100 species of England's most threatened wildlife is today celebrating funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery £600,000 has been awarded to support Back from the Brink, a partnership programme that brings together a range of conservation organisations focused on protecting key threatened species – such as the grey long-eared bat, the pasque flower, the sand lizard, and the Duke of Burgundy butterfly – and getting them well on the road to recovery.
The programme is a partnership between 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) and Natural England. By working together at sites across the country, Back from the Brink will give species that are under threat a more certain future.
Professor David Hill, Chair of Plantlife, the charity which has led the Back from the Brink programme board, added, "This funding is going to make a fantastic difference to threatened wildlife. This is a great example of conservation organisations coming together, coordinating our efforts, and combining our expertise to protect England's most important wildlife.
"We know that people care about the fate of our endangered wildlife, and this programme focuses on inspiring local communities to enjoy and learn about the vulnerable species local to them and across England, and how they can take positive action to improve their habitats."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "This great project is an ambitious response to serious declines in England's wildlife. The detailed planning which has already been done gives us great confidence that it will succeed.
"We're particularly delighted to see so many partners coming on board, not just the main organisations but a whole host of others committed to saving England's wildlife and helping far more people notice and enjoy what's around them."
Back from the Brink plans to launch in Spring 2017, when the partnership expects to have the full £6.7 Million of funding the programme requires.
The programme will work in locations across England, from Northumberland to Dorset, from Norfolk to Cornwall. As well as the main partners, many more organisations are committing to helping: charities, private landowners, major parks, local authorities, golf clubs, and more. The programme will inspire a movement of people to discover, value, and act for England's threatened species. As well as practical species conservation on the ground, there will be opportunities for people to help the project and get to know nature better.
Julia Hanmer, Bat Conservation Trust's Joint Chief Executive, added, "This is great opportunity to change the fortunes of vulnerable wildlife and leave a lasting legacy for the future.
"Never before have so many like-minded bodies worked together on this scale - not just protecting nature but also giving so many people the chance to find out more and get to know some of our most beautiful and fascinating animals and plants."