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

Blacks and Whites at Salcey Forest

    Salcey Forest is pretty good for butterflies.  Wood White is one of the specialities. If you park at the car park circled above…this one… …and then walk down this track (marked in yellow above)… …you’ll stand a very good chance of seeing a Wood White before you turn the corner, if yesterday is […]

Sunday book review – Bumblebees by Richard Comont

  This book is another in the RSPB Spotlight series (see my review of Kingfishers) which is published by Bloomsbury.  It’s a cracking book written, by an expert, in a thoroughly engaging and understandable manner. I’ve had this book for a while but picked it up to find out more about the Tree Bumblebees in […]

Tim Melling – Humpback Whale

Tim writes: Sometimes whale blows look photogenic, sometimes they do not.  When I was in Alaska I spotted that the perfect situation arose for taking whale blows so I seized the opportunity.  These circumstances were no wind, early morning backlighting, plus a dark background to accentuate the blow.  And here is the result on a […]

An Unreliable History of Birdwatching (12) by Paul Thomas


The Queen’s speech in full

World exclusive, an early draft of the Queen’s speech: ‘My government will find new ways of transferring money from public services to the wealthy few. They will persist with hard Brexit in order to cripple one’s economy. Now that’s it because I’m orfff to Royal Ascot and if they ever have a State Opening of […]