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 – Wildlife crime in Nepal by Peter Cosgrove

Peter Cosgrove carried out the first national pearl mussel survey and in one of those wonderful moments of happenstance, submitted his final report which recommended full legal protection during a periodic review of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.  It had the desired effect and the law was changed in 1998 and Peter always highlights this […]

A message from Åsa; a message from Sweden

Dear Mark, First I would like to thank you for your beautiful and sad  book about the passenger pigeon.  I came across it by chance as I looked into a bookshop´s window in Amsterdam. There it was, a small, red book with the word passenger pigeon written across it. I went in and bought it. […]

Guest blogs 2

  If you have been directed to this page then it’s probably because you have sent me an unsolicited email offering me a Guest Blog of the following general type:   I have some great topics for your site Hello , I’m [insert name] and I just wanted to say that your blog, looks great […]

Guest blogs 1

This post is primarily designed for people who want to write Guest Blogs about some aspect of the natural world for this site. The blog is called Standing up for Nature and that gives you a clue about its focus. I am very happy to consider Guest Blogs for this site from individuals or from […]

A crisis for the NFU?

Brexit means Brexit, and we now can be sure that it means a pretty stiff Brexit if not a hard one.  This isn’t what most British farmers wanted but it’s what they are going to get. And it is going to be tough for them. I remember talking to a local sheep farmer about a […]