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

You don’t have to be an expert.

I am firmly of the opinion (which doesn’t mean that it is correct of course) that vast numbers of British people are really quite knowledgeable about birds, and that even more of them are thrilled by them. In Remarkable Birds I suggest that ‘almost every human who has ever lived has probably seen or heard […]

Curlew stories

One of the winners of the writing competition on this blog, Kerri Ni Dochartaigh, is collecting memories, stories and fragments from folk of all walks of life about ‘the majestic and hauntingly beautiful curlew’.  Please send anything you would like to share to Kerri at inchwhooperswan@gmail.com . Likes(22)Dislikes(0)

Who would you like to sit a GCSE in natural history?

Mary Colwell’s e-petition to develop a GCSE in natural history is doing well – over 4000 signatures already (see here and here). If it already existed then I wonder how many Defra ministers would pass it?     Likes(30)Dislikes(0)

Another bird flu case at another turkey farm in Lincolnshire

Yesterday Defra revealed that there has been another outbreak of bird flu at a commercial turkey farm in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. This was in the same district of Lincolnshire as the other main outbreak of H5N8 affecting a commercial premises which was also at a turkey farm and also in East Lindsey back in December. […]

Guest blog – New Nature magazine by Alice Johnson

Having always loved wildlife, Alice studied a degree in conservation and has been involved with various projects, including helping barn owls with The Wildlife Trust and little terns with the RSPB. She keeps a wildlife blog (Nature Nattering) and writes content for The Woodland Trust.         New Nature Magazine – Nature through […]