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  • Dragonflies need your help
    April 28, 2017

    Four-spotted Chaser David ChandlerHelp make a haven for dragonflies. By responding to A Rocha UK’s latest appeal, you can help establish Foxearth Meadows as a key habitat for these magical creatures.

    LAUNCHED APPEAL

    A Rocha UK’s Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve (pictured) on the Essex-Suffolk border is at a crucial stage, and needs supporters’ help. We have just launched an appeal to raise money to help us create and maintain this vital habitat for dragonflies and damselflies.

    Dragonflies and damselflies – also known as odonata – are one of the most ancient groups of insects, thriving in wetland habitats. But in the last 50 years, their habitats have been hammered due to a combination of climate change, pond drainage and house-building.

    The 11-acre Foxearth Meadows can provide an important home for these insects. Site management will provide a mixture of open water, shaded pools, reed beds and healthy ... Read more...


  • Wild valley scoops £50,000 award
    April 28, 2017

    lea brook 1 - 1A Rocha UK partner Lea Brook Valley has not only just become a charity – but has also scooped fresh funds, renewed vision and captured the respect of water authorities. This spring the project received nearly £50,000 from Yorkshire Waters Biodiversity Fund.

    Part of A Rocha UK’s Partners in Action network, Lea Brook Valley is an almost one-mile-long green corridor in North East Derbyshire from the wetlands of Gosforth Valley, through Dronfield to the River Drone. As well as being rich in wildlife, it’s a natural flood control site for the community (pictured below).

    WILDLIFE RICH

    The money awarded will be spent on improving the site’s balancing ponds, to enhance biodiversity and back a 25-year management plan. This will benefit the community of Dronfield, nature and conservation while serving as its original purpose to reduce the effects of surface water ... Read more...


  • Comment: Bring back our bees
    March 31, 2017

    Pesticides known as ‘neonicotinoids’ are devastating for bee populations. And the European Union is ready to ban three of them, according to The Guardian.

    Over the past five years, scientists across European universities have been studying the impacts of pesticides on bees. They’ve concluded that nothing but a complete ban will help these important creatures.

    TREATED CROPS

    Sussex University found that impacts on bees go well beyond the boundaries of treated crops. Wildflowers nearby are contaminated with doses high enough to confuse the bees when foraging – but not enough to kill them instantly. Results like this have shifted opinions.

    However, the ban in mainland Europe may not be enough to protect the honey bee in the UK. Since 1985 there’s been a 53 per cent decline in the number of managed honey bee colonies in Britain. Part of this has been a result of ... Read more...


  • Search is on for nature’s ambassadors
    March 24, 2017

    Ambassadors for nature are being recruited by A Rocha UK and one of our partners, as interns are sought both for the national team and for a centre in South Wales.

    Leading the emerging generation into nurturing ‘wild nature’ will be the challenge for a new Education Intern to work with children across West London. The intern will assist Education Officer David Melville to create engaging activities and prepare fun learning resources.

    EXPRESS HOPE

    ‘Running environmental encounters, holiday park specials and other events at sites and schools around West London will all be part of the job,’ said David. ‘The intern will help express A Rocha UK’s message of Christian hope for the environment.’

    A new volunteer is also needed to help run A Rocha UK’s highly successful award scheme Eco Church. The team member will work from our Southall office ... Read more...


  • School makes a mark on community
    March 24, 2017

    IMG_3647More than 400 West London schoolchildren have made their mark on A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields.

    They followed in Banksy’s footsteps – or should we say handprints – by hand painting leaves for autumn, spring and summer trees on a storage container at the three-acre site.

    BRIGHTEN UP

    Pupils and teachers from Wolf Fields Primary School were led by A Rocha UK staff and volunteers in a most orderly fashion to brighten up what otherwise would be a most dull-looking storage unit.

    Wearing protective aprons and gloves, they all contributed to the art display as part of the ongoing development to turn a former drug den and dumping ground into an urban nature reserve and community garden.

    ‘Street art is usually linked to gangs and crime – and at one time that was part of the life of this site,’ said Environmental Education ... Read more...



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