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

Wildlife trusts’ incomes

Here are the most recent published annual incomes of most of the local, county, regional or national Wildlife Trusts.   Avon Wildlife Trust £2.3m Beds, Cambs & Northants Wildlife Trust £4.5m Berks, Bucks and Oxon & Wildlife Trust  £5.4m Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust £0.8m Brecknock Wildlife Trust  £0.2m Cheshire Wildlife Trust  £1.8m Cumbria […]

This is who has what

This morning I set you a little teaser: put these organisations and their incomes together. Here’s the answer: RSPB £137m WWF-UK £71m WWT £24m GWCT  £7.2m BTO  £5.8m Butterfly Conservation  £3.7m Marine Conservation Society  £2.9m Plantlife  £2.8m Buglife  £1.1m   What do you make of that? Likes(28)Dislikes(2)

Farming Today, today

I’m staying with friends wondering whether Peregrine Run is a good bet in the 2:50 at Cheltenham this afternoon, so when I woke at around the fairly usual 05:15 I didn’t wander down the landing to my computer and start some work. Instead I used my ‘phone as a computer and listened to Farming Today […]

Who’s who?

Here is a list of environmental organisations, in alphabetical order: BTO, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, GWCT, Marine Conservation Society, Plantlife, RSPB, WWF-UK, WWT   And here is a list of their incomes, in numerical order; £1.1m, £2.8m, £2.9m, £3.7m, £5.8m, £7.2m, £24m, £71m, £137m   Can you match the incomes to the organisations? Answers this evening, […]

Black v Red

The moorland where we watched Black Grouse display yesterday morning – we saw about 40 birds altogether – also holds Red Grouse.  The Black Grouse were displaying and singing but the Red Grouse were behaving like the silent majority in the early morning. Let’s say there are around 100 Black Grouse at this site (maybe […]