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 – Birding in the Bristol region (edited by William Earp)

  The Bristol Ornithological Club is 50 years old and this book is a celebration of its first half century. I was a member from 1970-76 and so my memories are mostly from its early years when I was a schoolboy and starting (mad) keen birding. This is a friendly warm book which sketches the […]

Tim Melling – Jaguar

I photographed this male  Jaguar (known as Geoff) a few seconds after he had made an unsuccessful attempt to catch a large Caiman.  He pounced and disappeared under the water but emerged only with a mouthful of Water Hyacinth.  I photographed him in Brazil’s Pantanal region. Taken with Nikon D500 Nikkor 300mm f4 lens  f4 […]

Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill

  “Something I did for @sharkstrustuk recently, sharks get a really bad press and I think it is probably Steven Spielberg’s fault” Likes(33)Dislikes(1)

Guest blog – Opportunity for young people by Keith Betton

Keith Betton is, amongst other things, a mate of mine and the co-author of Behind the Binoculars, in whose pages you can find out more about him. At the moment he is in Senegal birding but he left this blog before he left.       SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT THE LACK OF YOUNG BIRDERS? […]

More popular than supporting grouse shooting

Chris Packham’s e-petition for a moratorium on shooting declining waders has more than a month to run and is poised to pass the signature total of the e-petition in favour of grouse shooting (which closed yesterday with 25,322 signatures) any time now. Please sign here.   Likes(20)Dislikes(5)