With the clock ticking down to the end of the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Christian voice is needed more than ever in defense of nature.
Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, has announced that the EU will insist on a non-regression clause on environmental standards in the UK’s exit agreement from the EU. Given that both Theresa May and Michael Gove have previously said that they would not lower the UK’s environmental standards after Brexit, it could sound like there are grounds for easy agreement.
But there is a dangerous gap between the government’s rhetoric and its practice.
The Brexit Bill currently going through Parliament provides no assurance that current EU environmental protections will be continued in UK law after Brexit. The enforcement bodies, including the Environment Agency, are weakened after years of austerity and budget cuts. Recent data shows a decline in the quality of our designated wildlife sites and an increase in river pollution. Above all it is unclear what body will replace the European Commission in holding the UK government to account on its own laws, once the UK is not bound by ... Read more...
Emma Johnstone, Conservation Intern at Abernethy Barcaple, writes about the work the centre is doing to help house martins flourish at our most northerly Partner in Action, and how the work is inspiring young people to look afresh at nature.
Every spring, house martins are welcome guests at Abernethy Barcaple, happily building their mud nests between the eaves of our mountain bike and kit stores. They are a familiar species here and a favourite amongst the Barcaple team for their amazing adaptability and long migration. Being lucky enough to still see them regularly, we’re sorry to see the decline in house martin populations across the UK. When we heard about A Rocha’s Target 10 initiative, we jumped at the chance of encouraging these great wee birds by providing ready-made nest boxes and ensuring a supply of natural building materials around our site.
We now have a total of 20 individual house martin nest boxes, attached to several of our buildings. Our main house, staff houses, kit stores and barns all feature boxes, to give the birds a good choice of nesting sites and the best views over the Tarff ... Read more...