• Our Partner Becomes A Parish Church
    July 2, 2014

    july enews lundy 2It’s not every day an A Rocha UK partner becomes a parish church. But that’s exactly what’s happened to the Lundy Church Project.

    This milestone moment took place in May. Bishop of Crediton Rt Rev Nick McKinnel preached at a service on the Island of Lundy – as part of the celebrations of St Helena’s becoming a parish church.

    Other speakers shared something of what Lundy means to them. They spoke of how the church project offers promise for the future on this tiny island that lies just ten miles north off the Devon coast.

    A Rocha UK is represented on the project’s steering group by Chris Baillie, who led prayers at the service. After the event, Chris also led a group through Atlantic fog to see puffins and other seabirds.

    The project is preparing a second major funding bid that would ... Read more...

  • World Anglican Paper Cites A Rocha UK
    July 2, 2014

    july enews church timesWhen A Rocha UK dashed to defend bats after a recent House of Lords debate, our views were picked up by the world’s leading Anglican newspaper Church Times.

    ‘The Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK said in a statement that bats were not a menace to churches,’ reported Church Times, ‘and insisted that “peaceful co-existence” between the animals and worshippers was possible.’

    A Rocha UK had issued the message after Britain’s national press reported on Lord Cormack’s controversial views. ‘In many churches in our land the bat is a terrible problem,’ he told peers.

    In the parliamentary talks, Lord Cormack warned of historic churches becoming ‘bat barns’, where the creatures allegedly become more important than churchgoers.

    ‘Lord Cormack’s comments that bats appear to be more important than worshipping communities is a gross over-reaction to a situation that needs careful and thoughtful action,’ Conservation ... Read more...

  • ‘Spider Drama’ Spins Story At Wolf Fields
    June 3, 2014

    Wolf Fields Map-1A ‘spider drama’ will underline the message that insects matter when A Rocha UK hold an open day at Wolf Fields community garden next month.

    The main aim of the 13th July event will be to celebrate the winners of the recent sensory garden competition and present them with their plaques.

    Other activities will include – bug hotel making, a demonstration bee hive, a bee story by a local storyteller, tours of the site in a nature trail style, digging up the first potatoes from the allotment, and refreshments.

    A Rocha UK team members and volunteers will be joined by representatives from schools and churches, along with local residents. ‘People will be able to see the site, our plans for it, and to talk about why we’re trying to transform it,’ said Conservation Officer Becky Vickers.

    The open day will run from 2-5pm, ...

  • Bees are happy with Welsh habitat
    June 3, 2014

    bees are happy with welsh habitatWelsh conservationists have tripled their beehive complex ­– thanks to Gower Honey Co-operative.

    Swansea-based A Rocha UK partners St Madoc Centre now have three hives looked after by local beekeepers David and Lis O’Carroll. They are passing on their knowledge to centre staff.

    ‘The apiary is ideally situated in our wood,’ said Conservation Ranger Sarah Leedham. ‘It’s within easy reach of an abundance of wildflowers – including Bluebell, Red Campion and limestone-loving plants – which thrive here.

    ‘We hope to develop the apiary with the guidance of the co-operative to enable us to teach schoolchildren about the importance of bees and beekeeping.’

    The last two years have generally been a struggle for beekeepers in the UK owing to cold and wet weather in 2011 and bee diseases.

    St Madoc Centre’s conservation work is supported by Environment Wales and it is an ... Read more...

  • Challenge to BBC’s Springwatch host
    May 23, 2014

    A Rocha UK has challenged ‘Springwatch’ host Chris Packham for his public criticism of Christianity, which he claims ‘doesn’t help’ to change people’s attitudes about the planet.

    In an open letter to the controversial naturalist, Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio said she is ‘saddened’ by his opinion that Christianity encourages people to exploit the earth’s resources.

    ‘I would like to suggest, in all humility and politeness, that you have misunderstood the Christian faith,’ said Ruth, appealing to him to examine the work of A Rocha UK and its allies.

    Chris Packham had caused a media stir with a ‘Radio Times’ interview about faith and the environment, among other issues. ‘Christianity doesn’t help: we’re made in God’s image so everything is there to be exploited by us,’ said the BBC wildlife presenter.

    In her personal blog – – Ruth has invited him to ... Read more...

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