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About the Project

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.

BOOM will help to build healthy, resilient, empowered communities by providing an exciting range of reintroduction-based social activities and training events.

The project 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.

Habitat restoration and species reintroductions will be delivered 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).

BOOM is a multispecies, landscape scale project, maximizing the opportunities for community engagement, restoring and connecting whole ecosystems to reverse the decline in biodiversity.


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