• 300 explore secret world of bees
    July 21, 2017

    bees 1 (1)Nearly 300 schoolchildren and staff were led by some of our workers into the secret world of bees at our urban nature reserve Wolf Fields.

    Aged from eight to ten, the students from Wolf Fields Primary School and Norwood Green Juniors – which are near the three-acre site – took part in a ‘pollination party’ hosted by London Education Manager David Melville and his team.


    A highlight was on the Monday afternoon, when the ten year-olds were able to try out the Bee Observation Hide with live bees for the first time. Bee Officer Laura Belton had sown a mesh of material together so up to 30 children could gather into a huge hide and get ‘close up and personal’ to our bee colony. This trial run took ten – including six deaf students.

    This was followed by a visit to ...

  • York Minster scoops Silver Award
    July 21, 2017

    Ravage productions-2 (3)Built in Gothic style, York Minster points to heaven, but is also rooted in the earth – as shown by scooping the Silver Award in our Eco Church scheme.

    Our Engagement Director Rich Bee (pictured centre) presented the honour to Dean of York Minster Very Rev Dr Vivienne Faull in July. The ceremony took place at a service in the presence of the Archbishop of York, Most Rev Dr John Sentamu and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby.

    ‘The improvement in position to the Silver Award came not from a short burst of action,’ said Dr Faull, ‘but from recognising the many actions we’ve been taking and continue to take with regard to our sustainability and the impact we have on our planet.’


  • 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.

    ‘Not quite so good ...

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