• Tribute to A Rocha International staff in fatal accident in South Africa

    Many longer standing A Rocha UK supporters will by now have heard the very sad news from A Rocha International that last month Peter and Miranda Harris, co-founders of A Rocha, and Chris Naylor, A Rocha International CEO, together with his wife Susanna, were involved in a horrific car accident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Miranda, Chris and Susanna did not survive. Peter is undergoing treatment in a local hospital and is in a stable condition.

    From the work Peter and Miranda started in Portugal in the mid-1980s has come a unique network of Christian conservation organisations in 21 countries. Chris and Susanna established the extraordinary work of A Rocha Lebanon before Chris took over the helm of A Rocha International, facilitating the growth and work of the whole network.

    Our thoughts and fervent prayers are with the Harris and Naylor families at this heartbreaking time, and for the recovery of Peter Harris.

    Andy Atkins, CEO, A Rocha UK said, “The whole A Rocha family is grieving. Miranda, Peter and Chris have been absolute pioneers as Christians in nature conservation. They have inspired countless people to act on the environment ... Read more...

  • State of Nature 2019 – time for action

    State of Nature 2019 - time for action

    Andy Lester, A Rocha UK’s Head of Conservation comments on latest research into the health of the UK’s wildlife.

    In October, a new State of Nature report was published. A Rocha UK was one of 70 conservation and environmental organisations to contribute to the report. At a time when plastics, climate, species and habitat loss are very much in the news, this “stocktake” of the state of wildlife in the UK has come at a good time to persuade the government and councils to act faster and harder for the planet.

    If you are an avid follower of the conditions of the UK environment, many of the facts and figures will fail to amaze you. Land surface temperatures continue to rise, more homes are being developed on previously farmed land, a wide range of species continue to decline – some very rapidly indeed – and the abundance of mammals, moths and birds are declining every year.

    And yet behind the obvious headlines are some other underlying trends which are equally concerning. Firstly, despite the increase in area being taken out of production for re-wilding projects and the establishment of a growing ... Read more...

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