Back From The Brink

Date: Spring 2019 - Spring 2020

Location: Various Sites across the South East

Funded By: Back from the Brink, Heritage Fund and People Postcode's Lottery

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Outdoor Studios have been selected to work with the major project Back from the Brink as the South East area Community artist group, delivering four site specific events in the South East.

Amanda Thesiger and Sara Wicks delivered a workshop at the Victory Wood Open Heritage day in September 2019 with the Woodland Trust.  The event was focused on raising awareness of the plight of the endangered Shrill Carder Bee.  Amanda and Sara worked with visitors to created mini bees wax models, handmade kazoos, to recreate the bee sound, and they created bee zines!

In October 2019 Gemma Gottelier and Andy Evans will be delivering an event at Pulborough Brooks in Sussex.  the event will inform visitors about the life of the Little Whirlpool Snail and the vital work the reserve are doing to create habitats for the endangered tiny snail.  Participants will have the opportunity to see the aquatic snails up close and in detail with pond-dipping activities, make mini clay snails and their homes or landscape paintings – foraging for autumn plants to create natural pigments for their artworks.

Two more events are in planning stages and will be announced in the very near future.

Back from the Brink is a collective of many conservation organisations who have joined forces to tackle species extinction! Led by Natural England, the project involves Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, the Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife and the RSPB.  Bringing England’s most threatened species back from the brink of extinction.

Back from the Brink is an ambitious project to save our rarest and most threatened wildlife, such as Grey Long-eared Bats, Pine Martens, Willow Tits and Field Crickets. The scope of the project is fantastic – to save 20 species from extinction and to benefit over 200 more animals, plants and fungi – thanks to players of the National Lottery.