View of Lundy Island from Church

View of Lundy Island from St Helen’s Church

A Rocha UK is assisting St.Helen’s Church, on the island of Lundy, to become an effective partner with existing research and conservation work.
Lundy Island

Lundy Island

Lundy is a small and rugged island located where the Bristol Channel meets the Atlantic. It’s Marine Nature Reserve protects a range of sea life, including cup corals and sea fans. The island itself is a Site of Special Scientific interest for its plants and sea birds. It is also used for a wide range of short-term and long-term studies, and is well-known for its range of migrant birds (regularly including rarities). Lundy offers an accessible remoteness, where visitors can enjoy stunning scenery and engaging wildlife.

Puffin with fish

Puffin with fish

The St Helen’s Church project aims to restore and upgrade the Victorian church to provide for on-going worship together with basic facilities to support researchers, education and conservation work. This ambitious project will need substantial funding, but the potential for this church to serve the appreciation and care of God’s creation is substantial. Serious scientists, casual visitors and everyone in between will be able to enjoy a simple but effective resource working in partnership with the island’s warden and management.

Lundy Island Church

Lundy Island Church

A Rocha UK is active in the project’s steering group, has begun to contribute to current interpretation materials, and is planning future fieldwork holidays. This will not be an overnight project, as building restoration work has a limited season in this exposed place. Funding is not yet secured and the challenges are many, but new activity is already stirring and hopes are high.

 

For more information on this project please contact Chris Baillie via uk@arocha.org.