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British insects see red

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Many species of British insects have recently been added to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) “Red list” over fears for […]


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Fast for the climate

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Pope Francis is convinced that global warming is mostly man-made and is hoping to encourage the negotiators at the Paris climate change summit in […]


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Wear your wellies for soil’s sake

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2015 is the International Year of  Soils. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Soil Association are working to help […]


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SSSIs and development

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Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are under threat as never before. A well-known example is Lodge Hill in Kent where developers Land Securities […]


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Foxearth: the dream comes true

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march enews foxearth 1A dream has come true for A Rocha UK. The charity now has its own nature reserve – thanks to the overwhelming generosity of its supporters.

A benefactor had offered the 12-acre site Foxearth (pictured) to A Rocha UK at a special rate of £45,000. Such an altruistic gesture seemed to open the floodgates, as many responded to an online prospectus and magazine appeal in November.

When donations poured in for the initial appeal, A Rocha UK’s former CEO Mairi Johnstone said it was one of the best campaigns ever. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate,’ she said at the time.

That was closely followed at Christmas by matched funding campaign The Big Give, producing a further £20,000 to pay for a part-time ranger. Now the purchase has been made of this haven for dragonflies and damselflies.


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