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


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