Iconic creatures in crisis and a new ‘charter on the environment’ were among the action points at our recent Partners In Action retreat at St Madoc’s Centre in South Wales.
The sun shone and wildlife abounded as Partners In Action and UK management team met for their annual summit.
ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE
Twenty-five team members from projects across these islands prayed, talked and reflected on how they can collectively achieve more impact for nature. They looked at how to increase the abundance of wildlife across land managed by our partners.
The existing network was joined by three prospective partners, who are planning to become fully fledged PiAs in 2018. Together they agreed on a new ‘charter on the environment’ and a new focus on A Rocha UK’s ‘target 10’ species programme.
The aim will be to work together on declining species through better habitat management. That included such species as the house martin, hedgehog and English bluebell – which are all in trouble across the country.
‘We also walked to the beach managed by the St Madoc team,’ said our Conservation Director Andy Lester, ‘and rescued a stranded curved octopus and a Portuguese man-of-war!’
St Madoc Centre is a leading Welsh youth camp that recently scooped silver in our Eco Church award scheme. The centre is a popular escape for disadvantaged and disaffected children and young adults.
Set in 76 acres of Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, St Madoc is different from most other Eco Church registrants, which tend to be churches and cathedrals. Various people stay at the camp – from schools to groups of all religions and denominations (Photo of house martin by Ken Billington/Wikimedia Commons. Photo of delegate at the PiA retreat by Hannah Pearson).