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

Badgers and grouse shooting

Just for interest, here are the MPs who spoke in Monday’s badger debate, annotated with the number of their constituents who signed the anti-badger-cull petition and those who signed the ban-grouse shooting petition:   Paul Flynn, Newport West  119 badgers, 113 grouse shooting Stephen Doughty, Cardiff South & Penarth  141 badgers, 185 grouse Richard Drax, […]

Badger debate

I listened to all of Monday’s badger cull debate.  It was a far better discussion than the previous one on badgers and infinitely better than the one on banning driven grouse shooting. Better though it was, it is interesting to see and listen to politicians debating science as those involved in the debate could not […]


If you see this post then it strongly suggests I have fixed the failure of the automatic scheduling on this blog.  And that will make my life a lot easier. Likes(84)Dislikes(2)

My binoculars are not happy

It’s my binoculars’ birthday today – they are 41 years old. And they aren’t happy. It isn’t just that they are feeling their age, it’s the fact that just over 50% of my fellow Brits and TM the PM have fixed it that it is on my binoculars’ birthday that ‘we’ trigger Article 50 for […]

Champions of the Flyway

Today is the Champions of the Flyway bird race based in Eilat, Israel. Last year I was a member of the Birdwatch-Birdguides Roadrunners team which was a real privilege for me (see blogs Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7). This year the team comprises Mike Alibone, Mark […]