Back from the Brink project

This national project aims to help save more than 100 species that are on the brink of extinction in the UK. The Back from the Brink (BftB) programme is being run by Natural England and the Partnership for Species Conservation – a coalition of seven of the UK’s leading wildlife charities. It receives substantial finding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
You can read more about the national project here:

BftB in Fineshade and Rockingham Forest

The national program includes 20 separate local projects where work is being carried out with landowners, land managers, volunteers and communities, inspiring people to get involved.

One of these local projects aims to restore Rockingham Forest's species, restoring and managing woodland sites to increase the distribution and awareness of a range of target species and to re-introduce the Chequered Skipper butterfly to England. 

This part of the project, known as Roots of Rockingham is being led by Butterfly Conservation with a project officer based at Top Lodge, Fineshade.

You can read about the background to the decision to base the project in Fineshade here and the very latest news here.

Chquered Skipper

Chequered Skipper. Photo Peter Eeles