I woke to the sound of workmen building another brick wall between two of our neighbours. What impact would it have on our local wildlife? The brutal reality is that building walls has become far too acceptable, says Conservation Director Andy Lester.
We’re all concerned about our own security. Building barriers between ourselves and the outside world has become the norm.
Take the UK, for example. Our hedgehog population is in free-fall. Scientists have suspected everything from climate change impacting hibernation patterns through to badgers eating them. But what if the primary cause was building walls? Although there’s been little scientific work on the impact of walls on hedgehogs, I believe their decline is almost certainly linked to their no longer being free to roam in search of food.
Internationally, building walls is also topical. ‘Build the wall!’ has been shouted from the ... Read more...
The species-rich woodland, chalk grassland and wetland in the South Downs National Park is officially now the only place in West Sussex where you’ll be able to see Timber Mazegill – more formally known as Gloeophyllum trabeum. And it’s the first time this has been found in Sussex.
It’s a rare bracket fungus, listed in the UK Red Data Book, a recognised conservation guide. It was found growing on an old poplar log pile in the Big Picnic Field by local mycologist Vivien Hodge.
It’s so unusual, Vivien had to send a specimen off to experts at Kew Gardens to have it positively identified. However, if fungi fans want to ... Read more...
A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins will speak on ‘Saving Planet Earth – a serious role for the Church?’ at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, on 29th April. A Rocha UK volunteer David Curry is helping host a conference on ‘Devon’s Living Churchyards’ at the historic Buckfast Abbey on 6th May.
Andy Atkins will address the Christian Rural and Environmental Studies day on mobilising the Church on the environment. A Rocha UK is a partner in CRES which is led by the John Ray Initiative of Christians working in science.
Not only will the programme be relevant to those on the CRES course, but also to anyone else interested in the environment. The ... Read more...
From 7th-14th February you can ‘Show The Love’ for the things that matter to you, such as nature – by taking part in this nationwide campaign. ‘Show The Love’ is spearheaded by The Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a part.
NATURE AND PEOPLE
The aim is to make a fuss about the threat of climate change, which is already affecting nature and people. From organising a church event like Green Communion to arranging a meeting with your MP, you can use anything you want to ‘Show The Love’ for things that are at risk.
A launch event is planned for 7th February at Lords Cricket Ground, with an impact report on ‘at risk’ British landmarks. ... Read more...