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  • People unite for the planet
    June 4, 2015

    climate coalition 2Supporters and staff from A Rocha UK will join forces with people from every walk of life to protect the planet. They will descend on Westminster this month for Britain’s biggest ever climate change lobby.

    Anglers, bee keepers, snowboarders, surfers, doctors, nuns, priests and farmers will unite for Speak Up For The Love Of on 17th June. They will call on the new Government to act on climate change. Everyone will meet with their constituency MPs face-to-face on the embankment outside Westminster. They will explain why they want Parliament to hold back CO2 emissions and build a cleaner economy.

    As a partner in the Climate Coalition, A Rocha UK will have its own stand at the Emmanuel Centre. Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio will lead ... Read more...


  • Ecologists explore new nature reserve
    June 4, 2015

    foxearth story foxearth storySince acquiring their own nature reserve, A Rocha UK have been sending specialists to inspect the 12-acre Foxearth site.

    A new steering group has been created, consisting of a number of local people. Church leaders to ecologists all have input into the project.

    SURVEY HIGHLIGHT

    The group visited the site in early May, to start thinking about how they can collectively use their skills to support the development of Britain’s first official dragonfly and damselfly reserve.

    Two weeks later, Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured – photo by Becky Vickers) led a team of three ecologists to carry out an initial survey of plants, birds and small mammals.

    ‘Perhaps the highlight of the survey was a pair of Nightingales on territory, singing while two Hobby flew overhead,’ said Andy, ‘or maybe it was watching ... Read more...


  • Churches make creation care their mission
    June 4, 2015

    st james bird boxPutting creation care at the heart of church life has earned a Buckinghamshire parish the Eco-congregation award.

    ‘The two St James’ at Gerrards Cross and Fulmer recently received the honour after an intensive 18-month journey into environmental issues. They not only pursued a programme to make their congregations eco-friendly, but also set up a Love Creation team to spearhead the changes.

    WOODLAND ART

    Their eco-efforts included a whole range of activities – from children’s woodland art to a complete energy audit of their building. Everything from staff training to house group Bible studies covered environmental issues. They invited A Rocha UK founder Dave Bookless to speak at services.

    ‘We felt it was particularly important that we modelled creation care,’ said Love Creation team member Tricia Fiddian. Tricia looks ... Read more...


  • Go to Gower for ‘saints and adders’
    June 4, 2015

    gower pic by martin boweringNo, it’s not a new board game. ‘Saints and adders’ are among the attractions at A Rocha UK’s wildlife break on the Gower peninsula this summer.

    From 7th-13th September, holidaymakers will be able to see a snake, walk to a lighthouse, run down a sand dune and follow the steps of Celtic saints – all at the St Madoc Centre – part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.

    PREHISTORIC FOREST

    They can enjoy walks, dramatic scenery and home-cooked food with like-minded people at the Gower venue. Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio will speak on ‘God and Creation in the book of Isaiah’. This will be Ruth’s own first visit to St Madoc’s. ‘I’ve heard how much people enjoyed it last year,’ she said, ‘so I’m looking forward to being there myself.’

    The first of A Rocha UK’s ... Read more...


  • Win a pond? Water great idea!
    May 18, 2015

    Common FrogsDig a pond for A Rocha UK without getting your feet wet. All you have to do is vote. But you have to be quick!

    To add such an exciting aquatic feature to the Wolf Fields conservation site, supporters can register with the Aviva Community Fund and elect A Rocha UK’s project. Making it through to the finals will give the charity the chance to win up to £10,000.

    That could mean schoolchildren and families can sit and watch frogs, dragonflies and other wild waterborne mini-beasts buzz and bounce around the flowers and reeds amid an urban residential neighbourhood in West London. Voting closes on 30th May.

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    After registering, supporters will receive ten votes. Should they wish, they can use all of their votes on Wolf Fields.

    If successful, A Rocha UK will use the ... Read more...



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