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 – Ringed Kingfisher

  The scientific name of the Ringed Kingfisher is Megaceryle torquata which translates (roughly) as Megakingfisher with a collar. The white collar is also the feature that gives rise to “Ringed”.   It is found throughout Tropical America but occurs right down to Teirra del Fuego.  It is the largest Kingfisher in the Americas, even bigger […]

Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill


Paperback now published

  Behind the Binoculars is now out in paperback – even better value. Funnily enough, a second volume of interviews, Behind More Binoculars, is also approaching publication.  More on that later.   Likes(22)Dislikes(1)

Your choice

There is a new category in the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards this year – and you get to choose the winner. 30 excellent photographs that didn’t make the shortlist can be viewed here and the one with the most ‘likes’ by 21 March will win £250 and will be published in the book […]

Toad all success?

The Solway Firth is the only area of Scotland with Natterjack Toads and one of the area’s important sites is the Mersehead RSPB nature reserve where storms damaged the dunes where the toads hibernate in 2013. New shallow ponds were created across the site for the toads to breed in. In spring 2014 there were […]