UK conservation project enjoys promising start15/11/17Environment
Project partners, volunteers and other guests are coming together in Windsor, UK, to celebrate the launch of the Back from the Brink programme which aims to return endangered species to UK woodlands.
The project has been made possible thanks to £4.6m (~€5.14) of National Lottery funding, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
This is the first nationwide effort to bring a wide range of leading charities and conservation bodies together to save threatened species.
Natural England chairman Andrew Sells said “This project is nothing short of a revolution in conservation. Never before have so many people pledged to work together to save so many of England’s individual plants and animals. It comes not a moment too soon for many important species and draws together a wide range of people and organisations.”
Marian Spain, CEO of Plantlife and founder member of Rethink Nature, said “We are delighted that the UK’s leading conservation organisations are collaborating as never before. It is by coming together now, to pool skills, knowledge and resources … that we will save some of England’s rarest species from extinction.”
Conservationists and volunteers will prematurely age selected trees to create homes for thousands of animals in the historic grounds of Windsor Great Park. The process involves simulating the exposure to the elements and fungi a tree would expect to see over the course of a century in just one afternoon.
Over 2,000 UK species depend on ancient trees.
England is home to a wealth of ancient trees, having more ancient oaks than the rest of Europe, but this habitat is under threat.