Author Archives: Mark

About Mark

Born Bristol, UK Educated: Cleeve House School Bristol, Bristol Grammar School and Downing College Cambridge Ph.D. University of Aberdeen, Winter activity of pipistrelle bats. NERC post-doctoral Research Fellow, Edward Grey Institute, Oxford University Former Conservation Director of the RSPB, 1989-2011

Tim Melling – Great Black Hawk

This is an adult Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) the split second before snatching a fish from the water.  Its bizarre scientific name urubitinga is a native Brazilian (Tupi) word for this bird.  It is found in wooded and watery habitats throughout Central and South America. Taken with Nikon D500 Nikkor 300mm f4 lens  f4 […]

Shooting wildlife for fun – weakly regulated and weakly supported

On the day when the Scottish Government’s review of regulation of gamebird hunting across Europe is published (I will blog about this tomorrow – I’ll read it between rugby matches today) it is worth noting that Chris Packham’s e-petition asking for a moratorium on shooting of seriously declining wader species has passed the signature total […]

Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill

      And Mark adds: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke Likes(41)Dislikes(4)


Isn’t Suffolk lovely? I spoke at The Cut in Suffolk on Tuesday evening to the Waveney Bird Club and anyone else who wanted to come along. As is often the case with my talks, there was one shooting enthusiast looking, I have to say, a bit sour and taking notes as I spoke. I wonder […]

One for the #sodden570

  Wow! Though this looks wetter really! And this looks drier! Likes(29)Dislikes(2)