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

Guest blog – Make Great Britain Green Again by Richard Benwell

  Richard has worked in the Westminster parliament as a researcher in the House of Lords and as a Senior Clerk for the Energy and Climate Change Committee. He is now Head of Government Affairs at WWT after spending a couple of years as a Parliamentary Officer at the RSPB.           […]

Oscar Dewhurst – Tufted Duck

This was another image from my first trip out in 2017. Seeing clear skies forecast for the following morning, I set my alarm early and was in Richmond Park before sunrise. I wanted to photograph the ducks and geese around the pen ponds, but into the sun, so positioned myself low to the water and […]

Books in book shops

No book review this week – I haven’t had time to do a particular book justice in my reading. But I have been in a few bookshops in London. It’s always good to see one’s own books on sale, even if they sometimes take a bit of tracking down sometimes. This copy of Remarkable Birds […]

Tim Melling – Tufted Tit Tyrant

This tiny, beautiful bird occurs in montane forest all along the Andes, but occurs more generally in Patagonia right down to the coast.  But they did not seem particularly common, and they were always on the move when I saw them so never easy to connect with.  I photographed this individual in a Southern Beech […]

Bird flu update

Two new confirmed cases of H5N8 bird flu in wild birds: a Buzzard in Somerset and a Canada Goose in Dorset. No new cases affecting domestic or commercial stock. In France, the country whose farmers have been hardest hit by bird flu, the mass cull of farmed ducks is beginning to come to an end […]