• Eagle-eye view of ecology
    September 3, 2015

    MartinandMargot for enewsIt was written in a mountain hideaway as eagles soared up the valley below. Published in time for United Nations climate change talks in Paris, A Christian Guide To Environmental Issues focuses on A Rocha UK and its associates across the globe.

    Penned by A Rocha UK board member Rev Margot Hodson with her husband Martin (pictured), the book takes eight environmental issues and offers a biblical reflection on each one. ‘As far as we know, nobody has taken this approach before,’ said the couple.

    The Hodsons wrote their manuscript on sabbatical in Spain, mostly in a mountain retreat. ‘A special highlight was sitting on the terrace of our apartment at breakfast,’ said Martin, ‘and watching the booted eagles flying up the valley below.’

    They ended their sabbatical trip at Cruzinha, A Rocha Portugal. ‘It was October, but felt like mid-summer, and ... Read more...

  • Call for new fundraiser
    September 3, 2015

    SAMSUNG CSCTurning dreams into reality is usually the work of a fairy godmother. A Rocha UK has found if you don’t have one of those, recruit a fund-raising manager instead.

    So that’s exactly what the charity is doing. Since the recent departure of Head of Fundraising Lisa Ostenson (pictured), A Rocha UK has put out a call for her replacement.


    Now working in a similar capacity with World Wildlife Fund, Scotland-based Lisa helped the money materialise for a number of key conservation projects. They include the urban nature reserve at Wolf Fields – among other A Rocha UK initiatives.

    Lisa’s work has paved the way for even more fund-raising activities. ‘This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester.

    A Rocha UK highlights Wolf Fields as a good example of how fund-raising can change a desperate situation. ... Read more...

  • Dragonflies are booming at Foxearth
    July 30, 2015

    dragonfly study 3A Rocha UK’s 12-acre nature reserve Foxearth is teeming with a rich variety of dragonflies and damselflies, recent surveys have confirmed.

    Trustee David Chandler (pictured below) carried out the research in June, across a small part of the Essex-Suffolk site. He clocked up 276 individual dragons and damsels of nine species – including white-legged damselfly.


    The white-legged damselfly is an uncommon species, though can be locally abundant in parts of southern England and Wales, according to the British Dragonfly Society. No other species in the UK has the white legs of the male and the pale, immature female cannot be mistaken for any other species.

    ‘In terms of national comparisons, Foxearth is a good site for dragonflies and damselflies,’ said David, ‘and our transects were confirming that.’

    A transect is essentially a fixed route that is walked to survey what is there. ... Read more...

  • Search is underway for ‘strategic leader’
    July 29, 2015

    steve hughes newSaving the planet sounds like a job for Superman. But if you’re not faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, why not lead A Rocha UK instead?

    The West London-based Christian conservation charity – which seeks to restore the natural world through projects and people – is searching for a new Chief Executive Officer to take it to even greater heights.


    The organisation’s previous CEO Mairi Johnstone left the post in February. Chair of trustees Steve Hughes (pictured) stepped back into the role to give his colleagues chance to reflect on the requirements for a new leader.

    Having spent time planning the way ahead, the trustees are now actively seeking a new CEO. ‘We’re looking for a strategic leader who’s passionate about caring for God’s creation,’ said Steve ... Read more...

  • A Rocha UK to help spirits soar at Birdfair
    July 29, 2015

    birdfair 2014 pic 1 Helping spirits soar at this year’s Birdfair – ‘the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury’ – are Christian conservationists from both A Rocha UK and A Rocha International.

    They will be uniting to not only exhibit at the event, but also lead the Sunday church service in the events marquee. A Rocha International chief Chris Naylor will join an impressive list of speakers which also includes TV presenters Chris Packham and Bill Oddie.


    The event of the year for those into birds and wildlife, The British Birdwatching Fair takes place at Rutland Water Nature Reserve from 21st-23rd August. Jointly organised by the Leicestershire And Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, it reflects the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry – while at the same time supporting global bird conservation.

    Held at 9.30am, the half-hour Sunday service is a popular feature at the event. Billed ... Read more...

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