Back on Our Map (BOOM)

Species restoration in Morecambe Bay & South Cumbria

Back On Our Map (BOOM), led by the University of Cumbria, is an pioneering new project working with communities to 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 help reverse the decline in biodiversity through community action.

This major four year project (2019-2022), funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is fighting to save the future for the hazel dormouse, Duke of Burgundy butterfly and 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, aspen. The project also aims to work towards reintroducing the Cumbrian corncrake and pine marten to the region.


Some of the work around rare plants builds directly on the floral restoration work achieved by Morecambe Bay Partnership as part of its Headlands to Headspace Landscape Partnership Scheme (2014-19). 

We're working as an official partner on the BOOM project delivering engagement and volunteering activities to ensure the Bay's communities are at the heart of this exciting biodiversity scheme. We'll be organising training, planning volunteer days and offering a wide range of activities and events from talks and walks to bio-blitzes, art exhibitions, schools programmes and family nature sessions. We want to help inspire all generations to reconnect with, protect, and even save, the nature on their doorsteps.

We also want to capture and celebrate your nature stories, memories and local knowledge. If you've witnessed how the landscape has changed, or remember regularly hearing corncrakes in the fields, or have spent time hunting for rare plants, we’d love to hear from you. If you've seen changing farming practices, or have happy memories of our native woodlands or maybe you worked in the iron or steel industries at coastal sites that are now being used to restore wildlife, we’d love to hear from you and share your memories.   After all, people lie at the heart of our changing nature and landscapes.

Visit our volunteering pages to get hands on with BOOM

To discover more about the wider project visit the BOOM website or contact our Communities/BOOM Engagement Officer




Image: BOOM team at Arnside Knott, University of Cumbria; Hazel dormouse, The People's Trust for Endangered Species



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