Back On Our Map (BOOM) - The South Cumbria Species Restoration Project
Back On Our Map (BOOM) is a pioneering new project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the University of Cumbria, and supported by a wider partnership including Morecambe Bay Partnership, Natural England, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Forestry England.
The team work with communities to restore the landscape, and reintroduce a suite of locally threatened or extinct species to the distinctive lowland fells of south Cumbria and the coast of Morecambe Bay. By working together, the project will restore and connect whole ecosystems to reverse the decline in biodiversity through community action.
The four year project (2019-2022) is fighting to save the future for the hazel dormouse, the Duke of Burgundy butterfly and the small blue butterfly in South Cumbria. Seven rare plants are also to be reintroduced to their habitats including: goldilocks aster, greater and oblong sundew, green-winged orchid, maidenhair fern, spiked speedwell, and aspen. Community based feasibility studies are also being undertaken to support the potential reintroduction of two further species, the corncrake and pine marten.