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  • Discover the flora and fauna of Foxearth Meadows
    March 29, 2018

    Join A Rocha staff and local scientists at our Foxearth meadows nature reserve this June for a fun-filled, family-friendly nature experience! Led by experienced conservationists, we’ll be seeking out the many different species that call this corner of Essex their home. Highlights will include an evening bat walk, moth trapping and a community bioblitz to identify as many species as possible on our nature reserve.

    Cycling past Foxearth Meadows, one could be forgiven for overlooking the potential of this unassuming little corner of Essex. Look closer, however, and the site is teeming with life. Famous for its dragonflies and damselflies, Foxearth Meadows is also home to nightingales, grasshopper warblers and otters. Join us in early June to discover what else has put down roots on our reserve. With guided activities and plenty of scientific expertise on hand to help identify species, this ... Read more...


  • Nature, Art and Environmental Encounters
    March 29, 2018

    Our Wolf Fields nature reserve in west London is getting ready to welcome its latest addition. Following competitions in local schools, planning is underway on a new art installation for the back corner of the site. Designs for the different elements of the installation are being created from ideas submitted by local schoolchildren.

    Other local schools are gearing up for their Environmental Encounters. This successful programme helps schoolchildren understand how wonderful and diverse nature can be—even in urban west London. We’ll be running Environmental Encounters throughout the summer term and we’re expecting hundreds of children to participate.

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  • Salisbury Secures Silver
    March 29, 2018

    Engagement Director Rich Bee presents the award to the bishop and cathedral staff

    The Eco Church movement continues to grow! Earlier this year, we passed 800 registered churches, which is incredibly exciting. More exciting still is the difference the awards are making in the worshipping lives of churches great and small. Last month, Engagement Director Rich Bee negotiated the snow to present Salisbury Cathedral with their silver award.

    At a time when Salisbury has been in the news for the wrong reasons, it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the cathedral in embedding care for God’s earth into their everyday life and witness. The event marked a milestone, too, for Bishop Nicholas Holtham—the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment—who presided at the service where the award was presented.

    That an ancient building such as Salisbury cathedral can achieve a ... Read more...


  • Comment: Nature in the Spring Statement
    March 29, 2018

    Chancellor Philip Hammon delivers the Spring Statement

    This month, the chancellor made his spring statement, giving us both a view of the current economic conditions and a set of new measures to tackle the issues our country faces. Many of these issues affect nature and our natural environment.

    ADDRESSING CHALLENGES

    On the positive side, the movement away from single-use plastic continues, with a call for evidence on how the tax system can be used to discourage their use. The chancellor insists that the possible tax changes are intended not as a way of raising revenue, but of changing behavior. He also announced new funding to stimulate “new thinking and rapid solutions” to tackle plastic waste. This is all welcome, but we should not lose sight of the need to radically reduce our use of plastic in the immediate future while we pursue longer term ... Read more...


  • Love nature with your lifestyle
    March 1, 2018

    Living in the UK in 2018, it’s hard to look after the environment! Our lifestyles are built around convenience, there’s a technological solution to most problems and we don’t have to think about waste because other people will do that for us.

    Right?

    We don’t think so! Our new offering for christians (and their families) will show you how you can tweak your lifestyle to better care for nature and the environment as an expression of faith.

    Every month, we’ll send you ways you can see what nature is doing around you, alongside practical tips for taking care of wildlife.

    It doesn’t matter if we live in a mansion or a maisonette, a house or a high-rise, there’s always something simple – and usually low-cost – that we can do to look after the world we’ve been given.

    The programme is launching after Easter, so look ... Read more...



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