Other organisations are making great progress in protecting and managing habitats for our threatened species, and we hope that their work will help to make extinctions a rarer event in the UK. For some wildlife, however, it is already too late.
A great number of species that once swam in our rivers, soared through our skies, and fluttered over our meadows are no longer around for us to experience and enjoy. The Lifescape Project’s Species Reintroduction Programme aims to re-connect local communities with their surrounding environment and the iconic species that have shaped our cultural identity, traditions, and history.
In practice, this project aims to support local conservation groups and the wider community as they navigate the sometimes daunting process of reintroducing species or restoring an ecosystem. The first step has been to work with the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust to identify species which could potentially be reintroduced in the North of England. By setting out a simple evidence-based assessment, we hope to enable an informed debate on reintroduction in the area, and through this process, we hope to empower local communities to make their own aims for nature conservation a reality. You can read the report here soon.
Building on our work in the North of England we are now developing a flexible guide to reintroductions that other groups and organisations could use across the UK when setting out on their own reintroduction journeys.
The project is led by Max Heaver, a Civil Servant at Defra and Trustee of the Lifescape Project. If you want to learn more about this exciting project you can get in touch with Max at firstname.lastname@example.org