The Back from the Brink programme is a partnership coordinated by Natural England and several wildlife conservation NGOs working to prevent the extinction of threatened species in England. By harnessing and co-ordinating resources and expertise from government, charities, and volunteers, the project has delivered significant conservation actions for threatened species across the country.
This project is one of several species recovery projects within the Back from the Brink programme.
Pine martens were once common and widespread across Britain, but declined during the 18th and 19th centuries and are now rare in England. As the pine marten population in Scotland recovers and expands its range, pine martens have started to re-colonise parts of Northumberland and Cumbria.
This project has helped pave the way for the recovery of the pine marten in northern England as the population spreads south from Scotland. Targeted forests have been surveyed, with help from a network of volunteers, and artificial den boxes have been installed to provide resting and breeding sites for pine martens. The project has also raised awareness of pine martens and provided opportunities for the local community to get involved in monitoring and conservation work.
To find out how the project has progressed, read our Project Officer’s blogs here.
Pine marten photograph © Robert Cruickshanks
Den box photograph © Ruth Hanniffy