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  • Partner scheme finds rare fungi
    February 24, 2017

    fungi story pic 1 - 1Rare fungi have been found at Steyning Downland Scheme – the 165-acre conservation project that’s part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.

    The species-rich woodland, chalk grassland and wetland in the South Downs National Park is officially now the only place in West Sussex where you’ll be able to see Timber Mazegill – more formally known as Gloeophyllum trabeum. And it’s the first time this has been found in Sussex.

    FUNGI FANS

    It’s a rare bracket fungus, listed in the UK Red Data Book, a recognised conservation guide. It was found growing on an old poplar log pile in the Big Picnic Field by local mycologist Vivien Hodge.

    It’s so unusual, Vivien had to send a specimen off to experts at Kew Gardens to have it positively identified. However, if fungi fans want to ... Read more...


  • Events will cherish the earth
    February 24, 2017

    conference story pic - 1Mobilising churches and cherishing churchyards will be the themes of two forthcoming conferences – and A Rocha UK plays a key role in both of them.

    A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins will speak on ‘Saving Planet Earth – a serious role for the Church?’ at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, on 29th April. A Rocha UK volunteer David Curry is helping host a conference on ‘Devon’s Living Churchyards’ at the historic Buckfast Abbey on 6th May.

    WILDLIFE FRIENDLY

    Andy Atkins will address the Christian Rural and Environmental Studies day on mobilising the Church on the environment. A Rocha UK is a partner in CRES which is led by the John Ray Initiative of Christians working in science.

    Not only will the programme be relevant to those on the CRES course, but also to anyone else interested in the environment. The ... Read more...


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  • Show the love of God for nature
    January 27, 2017

    show the love image february enews - 1Your church and community can be part of a much bigger movement as you care for God’s earth.

    From 7th-14th February you can ‘Show The Love’ for the things that matter to you, such as nature – by taking part in this nationwide campaign. ‘Show The Love’ is spearheaded by The Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a part.

    NATURE AND PEOPLE

    The aim is to make a fuss about the threat of climate change, which is already affecting nature and people. From organising a church event like Green Communion to arranging a meeting with your MP, you can use anything you want to ‘Show The Love’ for things that are at risk.

    A launch event is planned for 7th February at Lords Cricket Ground, with an impact report on ‘at risk’ British landmarks. ... Read more...


  • New leaflet offers hope for nature
    January 27, 2017

    Nature is in trouble – so taking action together is vital. That’s the message from A Rocha UK’s new promotional leaflet. Supporters are encouraged to distribute copies among their own contacts.

    Printed using vegetable oil-based inks on 100 per cent recycled paper, the handy-sized leaflet introduces A Rocha UK and shares its message with colourful images and simple text.

    BIBLICAL MESSAGE

    Individuals, families and churches are offered practical ways of engaging with God’s earth. Living Lightly and Eco Church are highlighted as ways to get involved at a deeper level. A Rocha UK’s nature reserves Wolf Fields and Foxearth are presented as public demonstrations of practical conservation.

    The leaflet explains A Rocha UK’s growing network of Partners In Action. A Rocha UK helps these independent Christian conference, retreat and activity centres manage their land for nature and for people.

    ‘The biblical message is simple,’ says the ... Read more...



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