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Back On Our Map is a pioneering project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and hosted by the University of Cumbria. The project works with communities to reintroduce a suite of locally threatened or extinct species to South Cumbria.

Find out more about the project and learn how you can get involved below. 

About the Project

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Back on Our Map (BOOM) aims to re-engage communities in South Cumbria with their natural environment, by restoring the landscape and reintroducing and reinforcing locally threatened or extinct native species. National Lottery players support the £2m project, alongside a number of other public, private and charitable sector organisations. Led by the University of Cumbria, BOOM is working closely in partnership with Morecambe Bay Partnership, and lead partners including the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Natural England and Forestry England. The project: 

  • Will help to build healthy, resilient, empowered communities by providing an exciting range of reintroduction-based social activities and training events.
  • Covers an area of 600km2, extending along the lowlands of Morecambe Bay from Barrow-in-Furness in the west to Arnside and Silverdale in the east and Grizedale Forest in the north.
  • Restores habitat and reintroduces species across a network of protected areas including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
  • Is a multi-species, landscape-scale project, maximising the opportunities for community engagement, restoring and connecting whole ecosystems to reverse the decline in biodiversity.


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Meet the Team

Jo Sayers | BOOM Project Manager

Dr Mic Mayhew | Community Heritage/Species Officer: Pine Marten feasibility, Duke of Burgundy butterfly.

Ellie Kent | Community Heritage/Species Officer: Hazel dormouse, spiked speedwell, goldilocks aster, Duke of Burgundy butterfly, small blue butterfly.

Heather Marples | Community Heritage/Species Officer: Aspen, great & oblong leaved sundew, maidenhair fern, green winged orchid.

Anya Kulizewski | Community Engagement Officer


Student Placements 2022/23:

Peter Howarth

Alex McCartney

Emilia Ramm


Student Placements 2021/22:

Jenny Williams

Samantha Haddock

Joseph Taylor


The Species

Various species showcased.

Aspen Tree


Goldilocks Aster

Green Winged Orchid

Hazel Dormouse

Maidenhair Fern

Pine Martin

Small Blue Butterfly

Spiked Speedwell


Partners and Funders

Partner Banner, BOOM group in the Lake District

We would like to say a big thanks to all of our partners and funders who are supporting us along the way.


Steering Group Partners

Species Partners

Community Partners

Frequently Asked Questions


Will BOOM Bring Wider Economic Benefits to the Region?

What Does It Have to Do With Me?

Why Here?

What is the Main Aim of the Project?

How Will BOOM Engage Local People?


Is the Habitat Suitable

To What Extent Will BOOM Restore Habitats?

Does BOOM Contribute to National Species Reintroduction and Landscape Restoration Initiatives?

Does BOOM Contribute to Restoring Ecosystem Structure/Function?

Is There Any Point in Reintroducing Species and Restoring Landscapes if Climate Change is Going to Change Everything?


Why This Range of Species?

What Benefits Do the BOOM Species Bring?

Are The Species Connected?

How Will You Ensure the Long-Term Success of the Reintroduced Species?

Will the Reintroductions Have a Detrimental Impact on Native Species at the Recipient Sites?

Will the Translocations Result in Negative Impacts on Donor Populations?

Will You Consider Local Provenance?

Why Was the Red Squirrel Not Chosen as a BOOM Species?

Should Translocations Be Used to Secure New Populations Or To Reinforce Existing Populations?