Prayer took off at Birdfair

4 September 2015, Comments Comments Off on Prayer took off at Birdfair

chris naylor 1Prayer ascended at the 2015 Birdfair when A Rocha UK and A Rocha International combined forces for the so-called ‘Glastonbury for birders’ at Rutland Water.

More than 80 delegates attended their Sunday morning service, which the organisations have led for the past decade.


‘We’re very grateful to the Birdfair organisers for enabling the Sunday service to take place,’ said Rev John Townsend, who led the worship event. ‘The service gives visitors and exhibitors alike an opportunity for reflection and prayer in beautiful and abundant rural surroundings.’

Theme of this year’s Birdfair was ‘Eastern Mediterranean Migratory Birds’. That gave Chris Naylor – A Rocha International CEO and acting CEO at A Rocha UK (pictured) – the opportunity to offer insights from his new book, Postcards From The Middle East.

‘I’ve been coming to Birdfair for years and can usually be found chatting to visitors at the A Rocha stand,’ said Chris. ‘It was great to have the chance to show a different side of the Middle East – to talk about the huge variety of wildlife in the region, and to show there’s more to Lebanon than news headlines of war and destruction.’


He took his audience on a whistle-stop tour. Highlighting Honey Buzzards, Black Storks and Tree Frogs, Chris spoke of dramatic surroundings of snow-capped mountains towering over the Bekaa Valley to the Aammiq wetlands – and how A Rocha Lebanon brought them back from the brink of destruction.

Chris was joined at the A Rocha stand by staff and volunteers from France and Portugal as well as the UK. Birdwatching holidays to Cruzhina were one of the most popular attractions of the weekend.

Just a couple of days after Birdfair, Chris was talking about the Middle East again. This time it was at the annual Greenbelt festival in Kettering, where he had a speaking slot on the Friday. Supporters can watch a short video about Chris’s book here.

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