A Rocha UK to help spirits soar at Birdfair

29 July 2015, Comments Comments Off on A Rocha UK to help spirits soar at Birdfair

birdfair 2014 pic 1 Helping spirits soar at this year’s Birdfair – ‘the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury’ – are Christian conservationists from both A Rocha UK and A Rocha International.

They will be uniting to not only exhibit at the event, but also lead the Sunday church service in the events marquee. A Rocha International chief Chris Naylor will join an impressive list of speakers which also includes TV presenters Chris Packham and Bill Oddie.


The event of the year for those into birds and wildlife, The British Birdwatching Fair takes place at Rutland Water Nature Reserve from 21st-23rd August. Jointly organised by the Leicestershire And Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, it reflects the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry – while at the same time supporting global bird conservation.

Held at 9.30am, the half-hour Sunday service is a popular feature at the event. Billed in the official programme as ‘a celebration of God’s creation’, it offers a unique opportunity to worship with birdwatchers and conservationists from around the world.

A Rocha UK and A Rocha International will be among hundreds of exhibitors offering products and services at the fair (pictured above is their stand at last year’s event). While delegates explore delights from binoculars to bird food across the exhibits, when they visit the A Rocha stand, they can take part in a daily prize draw to win a signed copy of Chris Naylor’s new book Postcards From The Middle East (pictured below is Chris with his book).


Published by Lion Hudson, the title is described as ‘a multi-coloured window’ on the story of how newly weds Chris and Susanna Naylor set off for a new life in the Arab world – living first in Kuwait, then Jordan and finally Lebanon.

With wide experience of science teaching and schools’ management in the UK and the Middle East, Chris helped launch A Rocha Lebanon. He oversaw the habitat restoration programme at the Aammiq Wetland, now a UNESCO ‘biosphere reserve’.

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