Back from the Brink wins Best Heritage Project

Conservation project wins prize for vital work, including our contribution to save the willow tit.

Back from the Brink - a conservation project aiming to save twenty of the UK’s most endangered species from extinction - has won Best Heritage Project in the National Lottery Awards, receiving a £10,000 cash prize.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust led part of the project (along with RSPB) looking at safeguarding the willow tit in the Dearne Valley. The willow tit is Yorkshire’s most threatened resident bird – we’ve tragically lost 94% since 1970s.

Willow tit - Adam Jones

Willow tit - Adam Jones

The willow tit project focused on monitoring the species and improving the habitat, and has involved the work of over 40 volunteers since it began in 2017.


We are delighted to be named Best Heritage project in the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards. I would like to thank everyone who supported our campaign and voted for us.

This means so much for everyone involved with Back from the Brink. It feels especially rewarding to be recognised by The National Lottery, whose funding has been so pivotal in making a positive difference to England’s most endangered species and the communities that care for them.
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