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

Sunday book review – The Butterflies of Sussex by Michael Blencowe and Neil Hulme

This is a superb book and of interest to a much wider audience than those who are lucky enough to live in the butterfly-rich county of Sussex. The photographs are wonderful, the text is interesting, the graphics are intelligible and the data are voluminous.  Everyone involved with this book deserves to feel proud; and to […]

Tim Melling – Lanner

Lanner Falcons are scarce breeding birds in Europe but they are more numerous in sub-Saharan Africa.  So it was a species I was hoping to see and photograph in Ethiopia but I got better than I could have hoped for.  This male was flying round at eye-level in the morning sunshine with steep nesting cliffs […]

An Unreliable History of Birdwatching (8) by Paul Thomas

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Birdwatchers are smoking mad

  Birdwatchers are up in arms at the description of the new colour for cigarette packets as ‘the world’s ugliest colour’. Pantone 448 c is the colour which dominates the wardrobes of many UK birders – although not that of Lee G R Evans. Staff of clothing firms Country Innovation, Rohan and Paramo are reaching […]

Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill

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