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

A present came in the post

  This charming Hen Harrier arrived in the post from one of my favourite Twitter accounts: @chunkymark aka Artist Taxi Driver.   Thank you very much.   I’m expecting @chunkymark to sign up to Findlay Wilde’s thunderclap – which has passed a social reach of 6million (!!!!) And you never know, he might be in […]

Pay day for conservationists

The disclosure of the salaries of some, not all, of the BBC’s ‘talent’ hit the headlines yesterday – we’re all interested in how underpaid we are and how overpaid ‘they’ are. Before the news came out, I thought about it a little, and I was expecting John Humphrys’s salary to be somewhere between £200k and […]

Writing competition – write a book review of George Monbiot’s Feral

Writing competition – write a book review of George Monbiot’s Feral Last year this blog held a writing competition which produced some excellent articles (including this winner in the Wildlife and Politics category by Kerri ni Dochartaigh).  I have some ideas for further writing competitions and this is the first one. Write a book review of […]

You love @cartoonralph!

I’m glad I can predict the results of some votes, as my recent track record (EU referendum, general election) hasn’t been great. Ralph Underhill has been producing cartoons for this blog for over four years – weekly with hardly a break! I’m very grateful to him, and it seems that you are too.  Half of […]

Campaign updates

Les Wallace’s petition asking for a review of the economics of grouse shooting in Scotland closed last night with a rush of late signatures (total 1256). The Scottish government is moving in this direction already and so this petition was pushing against an open door but it will have reinforced the need for independent information […]