• Comment: Nailing Down a “Green Brexit”
    April 26, 2018

    With the clock ticking down to the end of the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Christian voice is needed more than ever in defense of nature.

    Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, has announced that the EU will insist on a non-regression clause on environmental standards in the UK’s exit agreement from the EU. Given that both Theresa May and Michael Gove have previously said that they would not lower the UK’s environmental standards after Brexit, it could sound like there are grounds for easy agreement.


    But there is a dangerous gap between the government’s rhetoric and its practice.

    The Brexit Bill currently going through Parliament provides no assurance that current EU environmental protections will be continued in UK law after Brexit. The enforcement bodies, including the Environment Agency, are weakened after years of austerity and budget cuts. Recent data shows a ... Read more...

  • Giving House Martins a Home in Scotland
    April 26, 2018

    Emma Johnstone, Conservation Intern at Abernethy Barcaple, writes about the work the centre is doing to help house martins flourish at our most northerly Partner in Action, and how the work is inspiring young people to look afresh at nature.

    Every spring, house martins are welcome guests at Abernethy Barcaple, happily building their mud nests between the eaves of our mountain bike and kit stores. They are a familiar species here and a favourite amongst the Barcaple team for their amazing adaptability and long migration. Being lucky enough to still see them regularly, we’re sorry to see the decline in house martin populations across the UK. When we heard about A Rocha’s Target 10 initiative, we jumped at the chance of encouraging these great wee birds by providing ready-made nest boxes and ensuring a supply of natural building materials around our site.

    We ...

  • Discover the flora and fauna of Foxearth Meadows
    March 29, 2018

    Join A Rocha staff and local scientists at our Foxearth meadows nature reserve this June for a fun-filled, family-friendly nature experience! Led by experienced conservationists, we’ll be seeking out the many different species that call this corner of Essex their home. Highlights will include an evening bat walk, moth trapping and a community bioblitz to identify as many species as possible on our nature reserve.

    Cycling past Foxearth Meadows, one could be forgiven for overlooking the potential of this unassuming little corner of Essex. Look closer, however, and the site is teeming with life. Famous for its dragonflies and damselflies, Foxearth Meadows is also home to nightingales, grasshopper warblers and otters. Join us in early June to discover what else has put down roots on our reserve. With guided activities and plenty of scientific expertise on hand to help identify species, this ... Read more...

  • Nature, Art and Environmental Encounters
    March 29, 2018

    Our Wolf Fields nature reserve in west London is getting ready to welcome its latest addition. Following competitions in local schools, planning is underway on a new art installation for the back corner of the site. Designs for the different elements of the installation are being created from ideas submitted by local schoolchildren.

    Other local schools are gearing up for their Environmental Encounters. This successful programme helps schoolchildren understand how wonderful and diverse nature can be—even in urban west London. We’ll be running Environmental Encounters throughout the summer term and we’re expecting hundreds of children to participate.


  • Salisbury Secures Silver
    March 29, 2018

    Engagement Director Rich Bee presents the award to the bishop and cathedral staff

    The Eco Church movement continues to grow! Earlier this year, we passed 800 registered churches, which is incredibly exciting. More exciting still is the difference the awards are making in the worshipping lives of churches great and small. Last month, Engagement Director Rich Bee negotiated the snow to present Salisbury Cathedral with their silver award.

    At a time when Salisbury has been in the news for the wrong reasons, it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the cathedral in embedding care for God’s earth into their everyday life and witness. The event marked a milestone, too, for Bishop Nicholas Holtham—the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment—who presided at the service where the award was presented.

    That an ancient building such as Salisbury cathedral can achieve a ... Read more...

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