• Wales welcomes rare species
    October 21, 2016

    chough-3-1Feathered friends and fungi are the stars of South Wales for A Rocha UK’s Partner In Action, The St Madoc Centre.

    Over the past few months the Gower-based team have been busy clearing bracken from the headland at The St Madoc Centre – which is named after a sixth century church planter. And they’ve uncovered some surprises.


    Bracken may be good for some species such as adder – but not especially useful for a wide range of rarer plants, fungi and bird species. So the team were encouraged to see the return of chough to the site this autumn – and in numbers probably never previously recorded.

    Chough is a scarce breeding bird in the UK. It’s largely confined to cliffs of south and west Wales – with a few pairs in Cornwall. Chough need open ground with a plentiful supply of insects ... Read more...

  • Your coffee cash can energise the earth
    September 29, 2016

    For less than the cost of a couple of coffees each month, you can help pay nature’s recovery bill. A regular gift of just £4 will go towards funding A Rocha UK’s new strategy for the environment.


    The state of UK’s nature demands unprecedented efforts to save it, says the charity. Latest data shows creation in crisis. As a Christian conservation organisation, A Rocha UK believes it’s ideally placed to mobilise churches to help. And it needs your support. Plans include:

    – increased conservation work at A Rocha UK’s nature reserves;

    – hundreds more churches involved in the Eco Church award scheme;

    – thousands more Christians engaged in caring for God’s earth.

    ‘For a small charity, A Rocha UK has big plans,’ said Operations Director Steve Deall. ‘We want to roll out our new strategy fast – for the sake of nature and people – ... Read more...

  • Walk on the wild side
    September 29, 2016

    walk-on-the-wild-sideSpectacular walks, finding reptiles and searching for marine life were among the highlights of St Madoc Centre’s recent Gower Wildlife Holiday.

    Held in conjunction with A Rocha UK, the break included a talk on Psalm 104 entitled Wild World, Wild God by A Rocha UK founder Dave Bookless.


    This was also attended by local people from the area. In addition, birdwatching, a visit to Rhossili and picking blackberries were part of the varied programme of activities.

    Part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network, St Madoc Centre is situated on Gower – Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. ‘With rolling hills dotted with patchwork fields and woodland, stony outcrops jutting through the green grass, north Gower is a beautiful place to visit or stay,’ said Conservation Ranger Sarah Leedham.

    Sarah used to live in Southall, working with A Rocha UK on Minet ... Read more...

  • Bail out Britain’s nature
    September 29, 2016

    wolf fields rejoice 2A Rocha UK plans to help head off a crisis for Britain’s ‘green and pleasant land’ – and urges churches to join the rescue bid.

    ‘Nature in the UK is in big trouble – that’s backed up by the latest data,’ said CEO Andy Atkins, as he launched the charity’s new strategy. ‘A Rocha UK’s vision is to see Christians and churches make a major contribution to turning this around.’

    Alongside its ongoing conservation work, A Rocha UK will spearhead action in three areas. ‘Loving nature means enjoying, nurturing and protecting it,’ said Andy. ‘With the UK’s natural environment under threat, our new strategy will focus on giving more people more experience of nature – and the tools to love it.’


  • Comment: Catch the vision for UK nature
    September 29, 2016

    When heading for a precipice, the smart thing to do is slow down and change course – fast. Britain’s nature is heading over a cliff. That’s the conclusion of the State Of Nature report, released last month (September). But it’s not too late to change course.


    A colossal effort by 53 of the UK’s nature charities – including A Rocha UK – the report reveals more than half (56%) of UK species studied have declined since 1970. More than one in ten (1,199) of the nearly 8,000 species assessed are under threat of disappearing altogether. The primary cause is changes in agricultural practice – from ripping up hedgerows to make mega fields, to intensive use of pesticides. Climate change also plays a role. It’s a human-made disaster. It’s one we can avert.

    Conservation charities – supported by public donations and a small ... Read more...

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