• TV Shows Promote Preservation
    August 1, 2014

    tv shows promote preservationWildlife programmes create conservationists. That’s the message from birdwatching guru Dominic Couzens in the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s magazine Root & Branch.

    Dominic (pictured) was responding to a question about the value of TV nature programmes, in an interview with editor Jean Morgan.

    ‘Where would the conservation movement be without TV documentaries,’ Dominic replied. ‘They’re of a consistently high standard and almost everybody loves them. At whatever level they’re pitched, they are valuable.’

    The biggest danger is when the programmes become ‘too gloomy’, he added. ‘I genuinely believe that, when people are moved to wonder, excitement and interest, they’ll automatically become conservationists.’

    A leading ornithologist and prolific writer of bird books, he addressed such topics as faith, ecotourism and climate change. ‘I honestly believe God has guided my career at every stage,’ he said, ‘and I owe every “break” I’ve ... Read more...

  • Strong Start To Foxearth Appeal
    July 2, 2014

    A deluge of donations has dropped on the doormat at A Rocha UK since the launch of the Foxearth appeal. ‘But there’s still a way to go to set up our own nature reserve,’ said CEO Mairi Johnstone.

    ‘So far it’s one of the best appeals ever,’ Mairi explained. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate.’

    The appeal was launched at the end of May, to raise funds for what is set to become A Rocha UK’s first ever nature reserve. Generous donations were received within the first few weeks, along with messages of support such as:

    – ‘we do hope this goes well, it sounds very exciting’;

    – ‘so excited to hear about Foxearth’;

    – ‘Foxearth…fabulous place!’

    After reading all the emails and letters from supporters, Mairi expressed her delight at the response so far for funds ... Read more...

  • Shoppers Urged To Look Behind Labels
    July 2, 2014

    july enews primark 2Shoppers should ‘do their homework’ behind high street brands to spot any darker themes in their ‘brightly lit’ stores.

    That’s the message from A Rocha UK’s Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio (pictured), after a Primark customer found what appeared to be a hand-stitched cry for help on one of the shop’s garments.

    ‘Don’t look and say, “I can’t do this 100 per cent so I can’t do anything – I’m paralysed”,’ said Ruth in an interview for online news service Christian Today. ‘Just do one thing – it’s better than not doing anything at all.’

    Cardiff shopper Rebecca Gallagher hit the headlines when she found a label – with the shocking statement ‘Forced to work exhausting hours’ – sewn alongside washing instructions in her £10 Primark top.

    A Primark spokesperson has been quoted as saying it’s an isolated incident. They ... Read more...

  • Our Partner Becomes A Parish Church
    July 2, 2014

    july enews lundy 2It’s not every day an A Rocha UK partner becomes a parish church. But that’s exactly what’s happened to the Lundy Church Project.

    This milestone moment took place in May. Bishop of Crediton Rt Rev Nick McKinnel preached at a service on the Island of Lundy – as part of the celebrations of St Helena’s becoming a parish church.

    Other speakers shared something of what Lundy means to them. They spoke of how the church project offers promise for the future on this tiny island that lies just ten miles north off the Devon coast.

    A Rocha UK is represented on the project’s steering group by Chris Baillie, who led prayers at the service. After the event, Chris also led a group through Atlantic fog to see puffins and other seabirds.

    The project is preparing a second major funding bid that would ... Read more...

  • World Anglican Paper Cites A Rocha UK
    July 2, 2014

    july enews church timesWhen A Rocha UK dashed to defend bats after a recent House of Lords debate, our views were picked up by the world’s leading Anglican newspaper Church Times.

    ‘The Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK said in a statement that bats were not a menace to churches,’ reported Church Times, ‘and insisted that “peaceful co-existence” between the animals and worshippers was possible.’

    A Rocha UK had issued the message after Britain’s national press reported on Lord Cormack’s controversial views. ‘In many churches in our land the bat is a terrible problem,’ he told peers.

    In the parliamentary talks, Lord Cormack warned of historic churches becoming ‘bat barns’, where the creatures allegedly become more important than churchgoers.

    ‘Lord Cormack’s comments that bats appear to be more important than worshipping communities is a gross over-reaction to a situation that needs careful and thoughtful action,’ Conservation ... Read more...

<< Back to the What’s New page