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

Spoonbills breeding in Yorkshire

Yesterday I visited Fairburn Ings and St Aidan’s (of which, more tomorrow) nature reserves in the Aire Valley. Where’s the Aire Valley? If you go up the A1, it’s on your left just after that clutch of cooling towers at Ferrybridge. Fairburn Ings is perhaps not the most promising sounding of locations with its Coal […]

One of several Hen Harrier Day events

A milestone

Some time over the last few days this blog passed 4 million page views since it sprang into life in April 2011. In fact it must have been passed quite a while ago, but there was a period of nearly two months in early 2015 when no visits were recorded by the software so that’s […]

Just driving

I was in Wiltshire yesterday morning.  As I drove past Stonehenge on my left there were three Great Bustards flying north on my right. That was a good start to the day.

A good petition to sign

‘Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to sponsor a comprehensive and independent study into the full economic impacts of driven grouse shooting.’ This petition in Scotland is pushing at an open door – but it is certainly still worth showing that you support it. Please sign it and get your friends […]