View inside hollow section of fallen oak tree (c) Alex Hyde
The Ancients of the Future project was part of the Back from the Brink programme, an ambitious nationwide partnership to save threatened species from extinction and put them back on the road to recovery. Led by Buglife, in partnership with Plantlife and the Bat Conservation Trust, the Ancients of the Future worked with landowners and managers in England to secure vital continuity for 28 threatened species in some of our most iconic landscapes. These included the Violet Click Beetle, Royal Splinter Cranefly, Eagle’s-claw Lichen, Coral-tooth Fungi, Knothole Moss and the Noctule Bat.
The project helped to improve the resilience of ancient trees at key national sites and help to future proof them for threatened species, improving habitat condition and supporting continuity of this special habitat into the future. The Ancients of the Future also produced innovative training and guiding workshops and materials to influence how sites are managed beyond the life of the project and raise awareness of the crucial need for manager specifically for species. We also wanted to change public attitudes to ancient trees and decay-loving creatures and fungi.
This ancient tree hub is home for resources such as our cross-taxa project outputs, case studies, and ‘How to videos’ – all of which will help to ensure that the lessons learnt from the Ancients project continue to reach new audiences.
Our work would not be possible without your support. Bees and other invertebrates need help to reverse the catastrophic declines in their numbers. Please donate today and together we can restore vital habitats and rebuild strong populations of invertebrates in the UK.