• Comment: Mind the gap!
    June 25, 2017

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    Theresa May’s team are ready to promote a new Government – but are they ready to protect the earth?

    With Michael Gove (pictured) as new Secretary of State for the Environment, the Government must now negotiate the UK’s separation from the EU – including how we protect our environment. Nature could fall through the gap. Nature-loving people should act – urgently.


    A centrepiece of the Queen’s Speech setting out the new Government’s legislative programme, was the so-called Great Repeal Bill. Despite its name, this is about translating EU law into UK law – not abolishing it. As our most significant environmental safeguards come from EU law – such as the ‘Birds Directive’ and ‘Habitats Directive’ – that should be a big relief.

    Unfortunately, things behind the scenes are not as reassuring. There’s nothing to prevent a government subsequently trying to ... Read more...

  • Foxearth Meadows on Countryfile
    June 2, 2017

    countryfile 3 - 1Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve is coming to a small screen near you! A Rocha UK’s dragonfly haven will feature on BBC One’s highly popular programme Countryfile this Sunday (4.55pm on 4th June).

    The Countryfile team report on rural and environmental issues at various regions across the UK. As part of this Sunday’s focus on Essex, the programme will show presenter Ellie Harrison exploring Foxearth Meadows (pictured) – the country’s only nature reserve managed specifically for dragonflies.

    As the BBC schedule tells us, Ellie ‘gets up close to these highly coloured and fascinating insects’. From the comfort of their own homes, Countryfile viewers will be able to join Ellie on her trip to the site. Visitors will be especially welcome at the reserve in the week following the programme.


  • Converse about climate with your MP
    May 25, 2017

    SAMSUNG CSCIt’s time for MPs to champion their constituents’ valiant efforts to ease climate change. That’s the message behind Speak Up! Week of Action run by the Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a part.


    Three weeks after the election, Week of Action gives concerned citizens a chance to make climate change one of the first things newly elected MPs talk about. The Coalition is asking people everywhere to organise events in their localities from 1st-9th July – and invite their new elected representatives to join in.

    That event may be as small as a few friends gathered around a pot of tea, or it may be as big as a festival in the park. There are no limits to how climate change conversations can start, say the Coalition.

    From nature walks to tea parties, run by church groups, school classrooms, ... Read more...

  • Comment: Firmer foundations for the future
    May 25, 2017

    wolf fields harvest 3Alarm bells have rung for nature and public health, after three recent Government decisions. Whichever party wins on 8th June should think again.

    We’ve commented previously on the need for a vision for UK’s nature, and the Department for Environment has been preparing a 25-year Plan for Nature. But after several delays to publication, the Government announced in April it would be postponed indefinitely.


    Concerned about weakening environmental protections as the UK prepares to exit the EU, many charities have been arguing for a new Environment Act to bolster things like water and air quality and nature protection. There was gathering political support for it. But the Government announced in May it wouldn’t consider legislation until post-Brexit, threatening the very gap in environmental protection that proponents of the Act hoped it would avoid.

    The Government then sought to delay publication ...

  • Restoring the inner child
    May 25, 2017

    st madoc pic (1)Intrepid environmentalists recently joined A Rocha UK to boost the work of the St Madoc Centre – which enables young adults to become children again.

    A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester led the volunteering weekend with the St Madoc team. Located on South Wales’ spectacular Gower peninsula, the centre is part of A Rocha UK’s Partner In Action network.


    With the aim of supporting the work at St Madoc, the spring event was a mixture of practical conservation training, site management, worship and prayer.

    ‘We’re grateful for such an incredible team of enthusiastic people from all over the UK,’ said Andy Lester. ‘It was great to see new fences put in, sheds painted, plants potted and birds recorded.

    ‘The warm weather really helped the wildlife. Part of the team recorded more than 300 birds of 60 different species – including ... Read more...

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