Mark Avery is a scientist by training and a naturalist by inclination.  He writes about and comments on environmental issues.

Mark worked for the RSPB for 25 years until standing down in April 2011 to go freelance.  He was the RSPB’s Conservation Director for nearly 13 years.

Mark lives in rural Northamptonshire and is a member of Cheltenham Racecourse, the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust, Buglife, Plantlife, Butterfly Conservation, Pond Conservation, the BTO, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Labour Party.


Examples of Mark’s recent writing:

Birdwatch magazine – Mark writes a monthly column ‘the political birder‘ (subscriptions).

Wild Travel – Mark writes a column in this monthly wildlife magazine (subscriptions)

British Wildlife – The State of Nature NGOs, August issue (subscriptions).

The GuardianMy Janus moment, The real battle for our forests and Preyed upon.

The IndependentDon’t be fooled by this crumb of hope for the sparrowWhen Tory shooters call the shotsIt demeans us when we let a species die and If only our countryside were scruffier…

The FieldNaturalists and sportsmen.

Protect (League Against Cruel Sports magazine) – Managed grouse moors – good or bad for conservation?


What they say about Mark Avery:

‘Britain’s premier wildlife blogger’ – The Independent newspaper

wildlife guru‘ – The Guardian newspaper

you b***ard blogger‘ – a prominent farmer

Best blogger in the business‘ – Stuart Winter, birder, journalist and author

Mark worked for us at WWF-UK over a period of four months. We benefitted from his experience as both a manager and an environmentalist, and he challenged our thinking in a constructive way‘ – David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK

We asked Mark to write a series of blogs on the run-up to the Rio+20 conference because we knew he would produce well-written, interesting and challenging articles. And he did!’ – Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director

‘Mark is a fantastic advocate for nature. He has a great way of communicating his passion for the environment and can be very persuasive, which is what made him such an excellent Link representative. If Britain’s wildlife was looking for a spokesperson it’d hire Mark, which is why you should too‘  - Jodie Bettis, Director, Wildlife and Countryside Link

Mark has been one of Britain’s most passionate and effective campaigners for conservation for three decades. He has combined a sharp focus on key issues with a wide view of the policy and political landscape. This allowed him to ensure that good tactics furthered a strong strategy‘  - Tom Burke, Founding Director, E3G

Mark combines strategic vision with a passion for nature (and a wicked sense of humour). He has many, many other fine qualities that make him a fine lobbyist, a great motivator and developer of people and a genuine leader‘  - Martin Clarke, Business and Programme Director, General Management Programmes, Cranfield School of Management

‘Mark’s knowledge about nature conservation in the UK is without par, he has a strategic policy overview of all the key issues, with profound insights, and also cares deeply about the sustainability of wildlife in the modern world‘  - Matt Shardlow, CEO, Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust

Mark has spent some time helping us with our strategic thinking and his input has been invaluable. We brought him in to help with one particular area of work but having him around was useful in ways that we didn’t initially envisage‘ – Martin Spray, CEO, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Mark recently spent a few days at The Grasslands Trust, helping us to develop our campaign and communications work. His ideas and input were excellent and will really help us move forward, and – more importantly make a difference. I look forward to employing his services again!‘ – Lucy Cooper, CEO, The Grasslands Trust

Our natural environment is a great treasure and Mark is a worthy advocate of it‘ – The Right Hon Hilary Benn MP in the Foreword to Mark’s book, Blogging for Nature

Listen to Mark talk to Charlie Moores about nature conservation issues in these podcasts:

Talking Naturally 94:  Fighting for Birds

Talking Naturally 76: the Conference Calls

Talking Naturally 53: two blokes in a pub in Luton

Listen to Mark talking to James Fair and Ben Hoare from BBC Wildlife magazine:

Bird talk


Clients and sources of income:

I am a writer (of books, and for magazines and newspapers), public speaker and environmental consultant (primarily on environmental NGO strategy).


Birdwatch magazine, The Field, The Guardian, The IndependentBritish Wildlife magazine, Wild Travel magazine, BBC Wildlife magazine, sales of Blogging for Nature, sales of Birds and Forestry, Buglife, MarineLife, the Pew Environment Foundation, Plantlife International, RSPB, WWT, the University of Newcastle, Cranfield University.


Birdwatch magazine, The FieldThe Independent, Gardens Illustrated magazine, Bird Art and Photography magazine, British Wildlife magazine, Wild Travel magazine, BBC Wildlife magazine, sales of Fighting for Birds, sales of Blogging for Nature, sales of Birds and Forestry, Bloomsbury Publishing, the Grasslands Trust, The National Trust, the Pew Environment Foundation, Plantlife International, RSPB, WWT, the BBC, the University of Cambridge, the University of Northampton, the University of East Anglia, the University of Aberdeen, National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Oxfordshire Recorders’ Conference, Girton College Biology Society, Bristol Grammar School, the Society of Biology, RSPB mid-Nene Members’ Group.



Birdwatch magazine, The IndependentBritish Wildlife magazine, Wild Travel magazine, BBC Wildlife magazine, sales of Fighting for Birds, sales of Blogging for Nature, Bloomsbury Publishing, the Pew Environment Foundation, Plantlife International, WWF-UK, Andrew Cameron Ltd, Carstairs Trust, the BBC,  North Bucks RSPB Members’ Group, RSPB mid-Staffs Members’ Group, Wales Ornithological Society, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, North of England Raptor Forum, Lincolnshire Bird Club, Birkbeck College London, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, World Land Trust, Wildlife and Countryside Link.