Swimming with seals is just one of the unusual activities being offered on a unique new holiday pioneered by A Rocha UK this spring. Spotting dolphins, porpoises – and maybe even whales – could also be enjoyed at this highly anticipated event on Lundy Island.
‘We shall venture into the waters of the Bristol Channel,’ said event administrator Jo Clayphan, ‘and we’ll also explore the surrounding sights by a private jetty tour. But people need to book soon, as places are limited.’
Linking Christian faith with conservation and enjoyment of creation is the main aim of the week-long adventure. A Rocha UK are spearheading this special event in May with the St Helen’s Centre.
A Rocha UK is a partner with the St Helen’s Centre project, which will eventually see the island’s Anglican church renovated to integrate ecological education, research and worship. The new facility will promote learning, research and worship on this three-mile-long coastal gem in the Bristol Channel.
Designated the first Marine Conservation Area, the island offers a variety of seabirds, wildlife, flora and fauna. That means people can enjoy daily activities such as the ‘Rockpool Ramble’ and explore the ecological richness with guided walks and talks. They can also choose from a range of extra activities for those who want to delve deeper into the island’s ecological wealth.
‘This is the new mission for the parish church of St Helen’s,’ said Chris Baillie, who represents A Rocha UK on the steering group. ‘I’m particularly focused on the relationship between faith and creation appreciation and care.
‘To increase our engagement, this 2015 holiday is a first step towards an annual event which ultimately will encourage A Rocha UK folk – and others – to share in the enjoyment and conservation of the island.’ The holiday runs from 9th-16th May. Guide price is £450.
‘There are just a couple of spaces left,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester, ‘and those could be yours. If you’re wondering if this is for you, contact our event administrator on 020 8574 5935 or send an e-mail.’ (Photo: Clive Price)