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Whether you want a welcoming base with research facilities for your own field studies, or just want to have a holiday at a working centre where you can learn more about A Rocha at first hand, our field study centres may meet your needs.

The accommodation varies from very basic dormitories to en-suite and family rooms.


A Rocha Canada has the use of two field study centres: the Brooksdale Environmental Centre, in British Columbia and in Southern Manitoba’s Pembina Valley.

The Brooksdale Environmental Centre is situated on the Pacific Coast in British Columbia, just north of the Canada-USA border. The property includes environmentally sensitive land along the Little Campbell River, which supports a diversity of birds, plants, insects and fish. Nearby is Boundary Bay, the top-rated Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada. The property, with its pastures and beautiful heritage buildings, houses the national office, as well as our on-site education, conservation, sustainable living activities. The centre is ideal for those looking for research opportunities or just hands-on experience.

Contact: A Rocha Canada, 19353 16th Ave, Surrey, BC, V3Z 9V2, Canada.

Tel +1-604-542-9006. E-mail:

Brookdale Centre, BC

Welcome to our award-winning B&B and retreat centre, located at the edge of the Pembina Valley. The A Rocha Prairie Canada – Pembina Valley Field Station is a member of the Manitoba Rural Tourism Association and is a recipient of the Pembina Valley Tourism 2010 "Award of Distinction".

We encourage guests to connect a “sense of place” with caring for creation. We offer 6 km of hiking trails on the property and easy access to the trails in the Pembina Valley Provincial Park. The view from the deck and dining room is spectacular as it looks onto the ever-changing view of the Pembina River Valley and the quiet is often only broken by the sounds of bird song. This is a truly awe-inspiring place!

Contact: Box 2248, Morden, R6M 1B9, Canada.

Tel: +1-204-246-2059, Email:

A Rocha Canada's Manitoba field study centre


A Rocha France has the use of two field study centres: Les Tourades in the Vallée des Baux, Provence, and Les Courmettes near Nice.

Les Tourades, the A Rocha France field study centre, in Provence, near Arles

Les Tourades is located 4 km east of Arles, within easy reach of the well-known Camargue wetlands, the plain of the Crau and the Alpilles hills. Our study site at the Ilon estate includes marsh, woodland and grassland and is 7 km from the centre.

Contact: A Rocha France, Les Tourades, Route de Coste Basse (D33b), 13200 Arles, France. Tel +33 (0) 490 960 158. E-mail:

Les Courmettes

Les Courmettes lies in the hills behind Nice. The 600 hectare site, rising from 300 to 1200 metres, holds a wealth of natural habitats and has spectacular views of the Côte d'Azur. It also has a conference centre, accommodation for up to 25 volunteers, and welcomes thousands of day-visitors each year for a range of activities from walking to environmental education.

Contact: A Rocha France, Le Domaine des Courmettes, 06140 Tourrettes sur Loup, France. Tel: +33 (0)4 92 11 02 32. E-mail:


Mwamba Field Study Centre - by Mel and DanMwamba is on the coast at Watamu, 100 km north of Mombasa. Offshore is a National Marine Park and Reserve with world-class coral reefs. Nearby is the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, one of the most important forests for bird conservation in all Africa, and Mida Creek, a superb mangrove ecosystem composed from seven out of nine East African mangrove species. This is a perfect location for studying - or just enjoying - a wide range of species and habitats. Formerly a guest house, the centre is now being gradually renovated.

Contact: Henry and Belinda Kigen, A Rocha Kenya, Mwamba Field Study Centre, PO Box 383, Watamu 80202, Kenya. Tel +254 (0)20 233 5865;  E-mail:


Cruzinha field studies centreCruzinha, in the Algarve, South Portugal, is surrounded by the attractive farmlands of the Quinta da Rocha peninsula and overlooks the Alvor estuary. The nearest large towns are Portimão and Lagos, Cruzinha being half-way between them. Regular visitors to the centre include school and university groups, as well as families and individuals. There are excellent areas for plants, birds and insects within easy walking distance of the centre and both Cape St Vincent and the Monchique hills are within easy reach by car or bus.

Contact: Marcial Felgueiras, Cruzinha, Apt 41, 8501-903 Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal. Tel/Fax +351 282 968380. E-mail:


Southall centreThe UK residential centre is in Southall, west London. It is a short ride from Heathrow Airport, with easy access to central London. Volunteers can get involved in conservation work at the Minet Country Park - our study site, in practical tasks around the Centre, or join in with community activities, such as our environmental summer playschemes. We also welcome visitors who wish to use us as a base for a holiday in London, whilst also experiencing A Rocha Living Waterways (our UK flagship project). Come and enjoy this vibrant multi-cultural town and explore the famous sites of our capital city. We look forward to welcoming you!

Contact: Kim Nianglian, A Rocha UK, 18/19 Avenue Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3BL, England. Tel +44 (0)20 8574 5935 Fax +44 (0)20 8571 6471. E-mail:

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