Welcome to the John Stott Memorial Birding Day
8 May 2021

About the day

On 8 May 2021 teams around the world took part in the John Stott memorial birding day, a one-day event run by A Rocha to commemorate and celebrate our great friend and supporter John Stott’s legacy as a theologian, pastor and birdwatcher in his centenary year. Some took part in a bird-themed spiritual retreat, others entered a photography competition and we held a bird race.

Find out more about the day at the John Stott Memorial Birding Day Facebook group, or on Twitter and Instagram using #JohnStottBirding.


The Bird Race: Result

Hours in the field
Ranking Team # speciesSpecies total
See the Map

The Photo Contest

Congratulations to the worthy winners of the photography competition. We received some wonderful entries and it wasn't an easy decision. Thank you to everyone who took and shared pictures from the bird race.

The organizers

The John Stott memorial birding day is brought to you by A Rocha, a family of organizations around the world working in community-based nature conservation. Founded in 1983, we believe the care of creation belongs at the heart of our calling as followers of Christ. John Stott was a generous and encouraging friend to A Rocha from its earliest days; his influence continues to be felt in our culture, theology and values today.

To find out more about A Rocha, please visit www.arocha.org

The Man

John Stott was at the forefront of bringing creation care to the attention of the global Church. He cared deeply for the plight of the planet because he was hardwired with a love of nature in general and of birds in particular. But he was also someone who listened carefully to the Bible and he heard within it God’s great love and concern for all he had made, as well as for people.

He particularly loved Psalm 104, which he said on the tenth anniversary of A Rocha in 1993 was "perhaps the earliest essay in ecology in the literature of the world." On that occasion he preached a sermon which cited many psalms, but one reference which particularly struck us was Psalm 105: 1.

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known to the nations what he has done… sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Psalm 105: 1. The Bible

And he said

Of course we’re used to the idea that we’re to bear witness to what God has done in Jesus for the salvation of the world. But the Scripture says we are also to bear witness to the wonderful works of our Creator. God’s mighty acts in creation and redemption are to be made known throughout the world… I hope, sisters and brothers, that we will not be afraid to bear witness to the Creator as well as to the Redeemer.

John Stott

29 April is the centenary of John Stott’s birth. Although he didn’t live to celebrate his 100th birthday with us, his legacy endures. We hope you will enjoy this day of birding in his memory.

The Stories

John loved nothing better than a birding adventure. Many of you experienced these adventures with him around the world and we’d love you to share your stories.

Submit them below and a moderator will post them to the site for everyone to enjoy.