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  • Foxearth Meadows on Countryfile
    June 2, 2017

    countryfile 3 - 1Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve is coming to a small screen near you! A Rocha UK’s dragonfly haven will feature on BBC One’s highly popular programme Countryfile this Sunday (4.55pm on 4th June).

    The Countryfile team report on rural and environmental issues at various regions across the UK. As part of this Sunday’s focus on Essex, the programme will show presenter Ellie Harrison exploring Foxearth Meadows (pictured) – the country’s only nature reserve managed specifically for dragonflies.

    As the BBC schedule tells us, Ellie ‘gets up close to these highly coloured and fascinating insects’. From the comfort of their own homes, Countryfile viewers will be able to join Ellie on her trip to the site. Visitors will be especially welcome at the reserve in the week following the programme.

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  • Great Expectations at Foxearth Meadows
    May 28, 2017

    Well – what a day – after all the preparation the great day had arrived when Foxearth Meadows would be formally opened, some two years after we had purchased the reserve through the generosity of A Rocha UK supporters

    When I met up there with the Reserve Manager, Mark Prina over a year ago it was clear that this was going to be a special place. A further year on we were ready to open it up – with the final piece of the jigsaw in place, planning permission and funding for a parking area.

    So, on May 13th as we gathered in the car park of a local factory to be bussed in, there was a real feeling of expectation. As we arrived it was clear than Mark and the team had done an amazing job in getting things ready, marquees erected, and hands-on wildlife experiences available through pond dipping, ... Read more...


  • Converse about climate with your MP
    May 25, 2017

    SAMSUNG CSCIt’s time for MPs to champion their constituents’ valiant efforts to ease climate change. That’s the message behind Speak Up! Week of Action run by the Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a part.

    NO LIMITS

    Three weeks after the election, Week of Action gives concerned citizens a chance to make climate change one of the first things newly elected MPs talk about. The Coalition is asking people everywhere to organise events in their localities from 1st-9th July – and invite their new elected representatives to join in.

    That event may be as small as a few friends gathered around a pot of tea, or it may be as big as a festival in the park. There are no limits to how climate change conversations can start, say the Coalition.

    From nature walks to tea parties, run by church groups, school classrooms, ... Read more...


  • Comment: Firmer foundations for the future
    May 25, 2017

    wolf fields harvest 3Alarm bells have rung for nature and public health, after three recent Government decisions. Whichever party wins on 8th June should think again.

    We’ve commented previously on the need for a vision for UK’s nature, and the Department for Environment has been preparing a 25-year Plan for Nature. But after several delays to publication, the Government announced in April it would be postponed indefinitely.

    NATURE PROTECTION

    Concerned about weakening environmental protections as the UK prepares to exit the EU, many charities have been arguing for a new Environment Act to bolster things like water and air quality and nature protection. There was gathering political support for it. But the Government announced in May it wouldn’t consider legislation until post-Brexit, threatening the very gap in environmental protection that proponents of the Act hoped it would avoid.

    The Government then sought to delay publication ... Read more...


  • Restoring the inner child
    May 25, 2017

    st madoc pic (1)Intrepid environmentalists recently joined A Rocha UK to boost the work of the St Madoc Centre – which enables young adults to become children again.

    A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester led the volunteering weekend with the St Madoc team. Located on South Wales’ spectacular Gower peninsula, the centre is part of A Rocha UK’s Partner In Action network.

    PLACE TO ESCAPE

    With the aim of supporting the work at St Madoc, the spring event was a mixture of practical conservation training, site management, worship and prayer.

    ‘We’re grateful for such an incredible team of enthusiastic people from all over the UK,’ said Andy Lester. ‘It was great to see new fences put in, sheds painted, plants potted and birds recorded.

    ‘The warm weather really helped the wildlife. Part of the team recorded more than 300 birds of 60 different species – including ... Read more...



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