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  • Bail out Britain’s nature
    September 29, 2016

    wolf fields rejoice 2A Rocha UK plans to help head off a crisis for Britain’s ‘green and pleasant land’ – and urges churches to join the rescue bid.

    ‘Nature in the UK is in big trouble – that’s backed up by the latest data,’ said CEO Andy Atkins, as he launched the charity’s new strategy. ‘A Rocha UK’s vision is to see Christians and churches make a major contribution to turning this around.’

    Alongside its ongoing conservation work, A Rocha UK will spearhead action in three areas. ‘Loving nature means enjoying, nurturing and protecting it,’ said Andy. ‘With the UK’s natural environment under threat, our new strategy will focus on giving more people more experience of nature – and the tools to love it.’

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  • Comment: Catch the vision for UK nature
    September 29, 2016

    When heading for a precipice, the smart thing to do is slow down and change course – fast. Britain’s nature is heading over a cliff. That’s the conclusion of the State Of Nature report, released last month (September). But it’s not too late to change course.

    COLOSSAL EFFORT

    A colossal effort by 53 of the UK’s nature charities – including A Rocha UK – the report reveals more than half (56%) of UK species studied have declined since 1970. More than one in ten (1,199) of the nearly 8,000 species assessed are under threat of disappearing altogether. The primary cause is changes in agricultural practice – from ripping up hedgerows to make mega fields, to intensive use of pesticides. Climate change also plays a role. It’s a human-made disaster. It’s one we can avert.

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  • Snap, crackle and pop for the planet
    September 14, 2016

    diocese-1-1 It was a breakfast of champions for the environment – as more than 50 Anglican bishops joined Christian conservationists to launch Eco Diocese.

    Part of A Rocha UK’s popular Eco Church award scheme, Eco Diocese acts as an incentive at diocesan level and encourages parish-level engagement. Through its bishop, a diocese can work towards Eco Diocese status by meeting set criteria.

    A Rocha UK and Anglican environmental initiative Shrinking The Footprint launched Eco Diocese at a special breakfast on 14th September. Key speakers were Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam – the Church of England’s lead on environmental issues – Bishop of Dover Rt Rev Trevor Willmott and Bishop of Dudley Rt Rev Graham Usher.

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  • Mini-beasts retreat to Foxearth
    August 26, 2016

    foxeaarth bug 2Foxearth – A Rocha UK’s first major nature reserve – is becoming a refuge for species under pressure.

    While none of the creatures found so far on the 11-acre site is rare, they are representative of the varied habitats at Foxearth. The tyranny of intense farming across eastern England forces them to retreat to this remote Essex reserve and enjoy its complex nature of life support systems.

    LONGHORN BEETLE

    Foxearth is known as a haven for dragonflies. Ranger Mark Prina has been making note of other interesting species including the so-called ‘Drinker’ moth caterpillar – which supposedly sups on drops of dew – and the Golden Bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle that patrols the site’s imposing cavalcade of thistles.

    ‘None of the species found so far is rare,’ Mark confirmed, ‘but we have species representative of different habitats such as ponds, rivers, swamp, ... Read more...


  • Loo paper rolls out eco agenda
    August 26, 2016

    loo roll kidsSelling loo rolls has helped boost the flow of environmental action at one Hampshire church.

    It’s among a stream of activities as part of the Anglican parish of Nursling and Rownhams – sometimes known as ‘Twinspires’ – becomes engaged with Eco Church.

    TOWARDS SILVER

    Youth and their leaders at St John’s, Rownhams, have been selling toilet paper after church at a fiver per roll. Cash raised enables them to twin the church’s WCs with toilets in Africa and Asia.

    ‘We reached gold award level straightaway in one section, but didn’t even have a bronze in the community and global engagement part,’ said parish administrator Claire Thompson. ‘We’ve now done enough to apply for bronze – and we’re working towards silver.’

    Their eco-journey started about ten years ago when a group from St John’s spent a weekend at Christian retreat centre Lee Abbey. Guest speaker ... Read more...



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