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

Tim Melling – Condor

This is another species I have wanted to see since watching the BBC series “Flight of the Condor” way back in 1982.  Their size is absolutely amazing with a 3m wingspan (10 feet 10 inches is the biggest recorded), yet they don’t look that big in flight against the backdrop of the Andes.  In springtime […]

Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill


Unique and irreplaceable

Kempton Park racecourse is under threat and I’ve heard and read a lot about it in the last couple of days.  I’m interested in Kempton racecourse as an example of a proposed development but also a little bit as a racecourse.  Here is some of the coverage – mostly from horse racing sources to illustrate […]

Rape yields – you decide.

I thought I’d go and look at the OSR yield data myself after listening to the spat between the wonderful Matt Shardlow of Buglife and Graeme Taylor, the Public Affairs Director of the European Crop Protection Association yesterday, and then again the umpiring of the spat by a bloke from the BBC’s More Or Less […]

A dull day in Kettering

  A dull day in Kettering (yesterday) was brightened up here, in the School Lane car park, by a flock of Waxwings which spent most of their time in the tops of the two Alders (what fine trees they are) shown here. I knew these birds had been here for a couple of days so […]