John Stott Birding Day!

“Uncle John” Stott is famous not only for his love of scripture, and his love of Jesus – but also for his love of birds. In recognition, A Rocha are encouraging the entire global family to help remember Uncle John with a global birding day:

Vision & Purpose
The John Stott Memorial Birding Day is an event to commemorate and celebrate John Stott’s legacy as a theologian and birder and his friendship and support of A Rocha in his centennial year.
The event is on 8 May 2021. It is being held on the same day as the ‘Global Big Day’ in which many A Rocha organizations already take part, and we will be using the associated eBird database to facilitate some of our activities.
For detailed information please visit

There are five ways to participate in the day:

  • Compete in the bird race
  • Enter the photography competition
  • Go on a personal or group retreat using resources we have created
  • Contribute a story about birdwatching with John Stott and enjoy stories others have submitted
  • Bid for a painting or bird book in the fundraising auction or make a donation to A Rocha in John Stott’s memory

There is a Facebook group for participants to connect during the day, posting photographs, stories and comments, and we will be using #JohnStottBirding to connect on Twitter and Instagram. Competition winners will be announced on the website on 17 May.
Please feel free to get in touch with Jo Swinney, Head of Communications for A Rocha International on We have also set up for general enquiries.