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

Socio-economics of grouse shooting

A masters student at Harper Adams is investigating the socio-economics of grouse shooting with an online survey that appears to be open to anyone but seems to be mostly circulated among gamekeepers on Facebook! Call me cynical if you like, but I just wonder whether this might emerge at some future date as ‘a detailed […]

Caring Tories

The Countryside Alliance seems to think that it owns the Conservative Party – I’ve sometimes wondered the same. The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation has issued a manifesto for the future which calls for ‘an inquiry into commercial driven shoots’ and calls for ‘a review of the industry of shooting live birds for sport shooting’.  I […]

Heroes and villains

The RSPB is celebrating the success of its long term Stone Curlew recovery project at the moment. And so it should, as the Stone Curlew was heading for extinction in the UK before the RSPB got involved. The recovery of this bird, which will always remain localised in its distribution because it is quite fussy […]

Champions of the Flyway


Guest blog – Save the Dukes of the North York Moors by Steve Bamford

  Steve Bamford writes: I am an amateur naturalist and volunteer recorder/worker of Butterfly Conservation.             This is a plea for donations, no matter how small, to save an iconic species of butterfly that is just holding on after years of decline in an area where it used to be […]