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  • Join our volunteer week!
    August 16, 2017

    Explore a 76-acre wonderland, enjoy a packed programme of eco-activities and discover the wilds of Wales! How do you do that? On the A Rocha UK Volunteer Week, that’s how!

    From 1st-5th September, this five-day programme will run at the St Madoc Centre amid some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. During your stay there’ll be plenty to do – from bird surveys to exploratory walks led by Steve and Elaine Swinney. Find out more about some of the amazing creatures that live nearby from expert ecologists like Peter Sturgess.

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  • Volunteers, you are valued!
    July 27, 2017

    8c54008b-afff-4df6-809c-3d837df958e6 (1)It’s an open road for volunteers. One of our board members Ann Stuart – and husband Simon (pictured) – are currently cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for A Rocha UK and Synchronicity Earth.

    MISTY MORNINGS

    A Rocha UK enjoys support from an impressive range of volunteers, just like the Stuarts. From the keen souls who show up early on a misty morning to ring birds and count dragonflies on our reserves – to the editor of our magazine – we couldn’t exist without you!

    Across the length and breadth of the country, A Rocha UK volunteers speak in churches, bringing to life the many connections between caring for God’s earth and the gospel. Simon Brown, who co-ordinates those speakers, is also a volunteer.

    Could you spare some time to help mobilise Christians and the Church to care for God’s ... Read more...


  • The Big Barcaple Bioblitz!
    July 26, 2017

    In early July we joined forces with our Partners in Action, Chinnor Churches Go Wild and Adventure Plus to launch our new Partner in Action in Scotland—the Abernethy Centre at Barcaple in Dumfriesshire. Fifteen of us headed north to help the centre survey their land and discover what incredible plants, birds and animals exist in their fields and woodlands.

    So what is Barcaple, I hear you ask? It’s an outdoor activity centre for young people, including many from disadvantaged backgrounds and some with special educational needs. It is run by Christian charity The Abernethy Trust, which look after four centres across Scotland. The Abernethy Barcaple team are keen to integrate a greater care for the land they manage, into their range of outdoor and indoor activities.

    And that’s where A Rocha UK came in. We pulled together a team of volunteers for a Bioblitz survey to find what species and habitats reside ... Read more...


  • Journey through Eco Church
    July 21, 2017

    We’re gathering the Eco Churches together for two packed days of talks and workshops this October— one in Sheffield and one in London.

    Delegates will have the opportunity to put practical questions from their churches to our experts and hear the stories of other churches working towards the Eco Church Award.

    SURGERIES & STORIES

    Contributors will include, among others – our CEO Andy Atkins, Eco Church Manager Nigel Hopper, our Conservation Manager Andy Lester, Bishop of Kingston Rt Rev Richard Cheetham, A Rocha International Director of Theology Rev Dave Bookless, Tearfund Global Advocacy and Influencing Director Dr Ruth Valerio – formerly of A Rocha UK – and Historic England Senior Architectural Conservator Robyn Pender.

    They will present seminars, surgeries and stories. The southern conference will take place on 7th October at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. The northern conference will be held on 21st October ... Read more...


  • Comment: Climate changes our nature
    July 21, 2017

    Dainty Bluet (2)It’s been another record-breaking summer. We’ve had the highest ever night-time temperatures in some parts of the UK, and the longest stretch of days over 30C since 1973.

    SILVER LINING

    There’s no doubt climate change is changing Britain’s species and landscape. Most of that change isn’t at all welcome. The demise of Ash trees—with a disease known as Ash dieback—is caused by a fungus that loves the warmer and wetter conditions across northern England and Scotland. The disease is spreading far faster than it would’ve done without the weather shift. Warmer conditions also favour many exotic—and invasive—species such as Spanish bluebell, which is overtaking our native bluebell in many areas.

    But there is a silver lining. A number of butterfly and dragonfly/damselfly species are responding well to the warmth, with comma butterfly and willow emerald damselfly spreading north and west as climate ... Read more...



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