• Supporters respond to Foxearth appeal
    June 25, 2017

    Four-spotted Chaser by David ChandlerFunds are growing for a full-time manager at A Rocha UK’s Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve – but the campaign is still underway.

    Many supporters have already given to this latest appeal – ensuring A Rocha UK is just over a quarter of the way to target. However, that means there’s still a way to go before the charity can boost the Reserve Manager post from part-time to full-time.


    Foxearth Meadows is literally ‘buzzing’ with life at this time of year, with dragonflies and damselflies zipping over shaded ponds while other insects and mammals go about their business and the uncommon hobby (falcon) flies overhead. But their presence is entirely dependent on the right kind of habitat.

    ‘During the last two years we’ve worked hard to maintain and improve the habitats at the reserve,’ said Marketing Manager Beverly Evans. ‘But ... Read more...

  • 600 join forces with Eco Church
    June 25, 2017

    christ church eco church square - 1A staggering 600 registrations have just been scooped by A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme.

    The 600th congregation to join the Eco Church family is Christ Church Abingdon (pictured) – which boasts a historic association with A Rocha UK. They support Peter and Miranda Harris, who set up the first A Rocha centre in Portugal in 1983.

    ‘Our registration has grown out of the longstanding links we have with A Rocha,’ said Eco Church Rep Dalibor Warburton.


  • Wolf Fields is awash with pride
    June 25, 2017

    wolf fields pond (1)Supporters have helped transform a muddy hole into a new wildlife pond at A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields.

    Several tonnes of earth have been moved to create the pond and dipping platform. The London Borough of Ealing provided a free source of water for the wetland area.


    ‘Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we now have a fantastic area of fresh water on site,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester. ‘Given how dry this area of London is, our biggest struggle was to fill the pond. So we’re immensely grateful to the council for covering the costs of filling it up!’

    Conservation intern Abi Forsythe and the community team have been busy purchasing aquatic plants – and planting has begun. ‘The good news is that many of the plants have taken well,’ Andy explained.

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  • You blessed this home!
    June 25, 2017

    ARUKteam3A Rocha UK is home and dry after receiving a flood of responses to an appeal for loans to help keep its West London centre.

    The spring campaign target for £200,000 of new loans resulted in loan offers of more than £500,000 – and gifts exceeding £40,000. Such an overwhelming result – more than covering the amount – came after a year of prayer and planning.


    ‘Thanks to God’s grace and supporters’ incredible generosity, A Rocha UK was able to repay all the loans linked to our Southall base which were due this month,’ said CEO Andy Atkins. ‘We also have sound options for repaying all remaining loans in five years’ time, which we’re committed to doing.

    ‘Supporters’ response was amazing. Securing our national base for the next five years gives us a great foundation for continuing to increase the impact of our ... Read more...

  • Comment: Mind the gap!
    June 25, 2017

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    Theresa May’s team are ready to promote a new Government – but are they ready to protect the earth?

    With Michael Gove (pictured) as new Secretary of State for the Environment, the Government must now negotiate the UK’s separation from the EU – including how we protect our environment. Nature could fall through the gap. Nature-loving people should act – urgently.


    A centrepiece of the Queen’s Speech setting out the new Government’s legislative programme, was the so-called Great Repeal Bill. Despite its name, this is about translating EU law into UK law – not abolishing it. As our most significant environmental safeguards come from EU law – such as the ‘Birds Directive’ and ‘Habitats Directive’ – that should be a big relief.

    Unfortunately, things behind the scenes are not as reassuring. There’s nothing to prevent a government subsequently trying to ... Read more...

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