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

Oscar Dewhurst – Glossy Ibis

Oscar writes: For the second part of our stay we were in El Rocío, in the Doñana National Park. On our first evening I lay down in the grass by the edge of the marsh, and before long a flock of Glossy Ibises came down to feed. Nikon D800, Nikon 400mm f/2.8 VR lens, Nikon […]

Sunday book review – Flying High by Anneliese Emmans Dean

  This is a bird version of the same author’s Buzzing which was reviewed here three years ago. Anneliese is a poet, writer and performer and her bubbly personality comes across in her book. It consists of c50 double-page spreads of bird species – in each of which there is a poem and a bunch […]

Tim Melling – Marbled Murrelet

  Tim writes:  For much of the 20th Century nobody had been able to find a nest of Marbled Murrelet. By the mid twentieth century the National Audubon Society was even offering $100 reward for the finder of the first documented nest as all other nests of North American birds had been found by this […]

An Unreliable History of Birdwatching (13) by Paul Thomas

A Hen Harrier poem by Anneliese Emmans Dean

  A poem by Anneliese Emmans Dean from her new book – see review tomorrow   Endangered   Silver shimmer Heather skimmer   Ring tailer Air sailor   Grouse catcher Pipit snatcher   Big dipper Trip flipper   Sky dancer Slim chancer   Hope carrier Hen Harrier