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

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)

Guest blog – More from the Peak District by Bob Berzins

Bob writes: I have a life long passion for the outdoors through rock climbing and fell running. A cancer scare in my thirties made me appreciate many things I simply hadn’t noticed before, from the smallest plants to the gap in the sky from a missing raptor. It’s all worth fighting for and that’s what […]

EPIC FAIL 3 – MPs and their constituents

Given that this is the last day of life, if you call that living, of the e-petition in support of grouse shooting (currently standing at 25,320 signatures), it is interesting to look back to the debate in parliament and the MPs who spoke or intervened in that debate. Here are two lists of MPs, a […]

EPIC FAIL 2 – those townies

The pro-grouse-shooting petition which closes at midnight tonight (it is being put out of its misery) has gathered some of its ‘greatest support’, not in the countryside but, in central London (see above, and here is the link). One in 60 of their signatures comes from a single constituency, Chelsea and Fulham, and one in […]

Mountaineers losing their grip

When mountaineers lose their grip on reality they are in for a hard fall. Errr – we cut down the forests a few centuries before you were born lads. What’s natural about this?   Likes(39)Dislikes(4)