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

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 […]

Conservation Honours

Extracts from the Queen’s Birthday Honours list:   CBE: Dr. Anthony JUNIPER, Fellow, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. For services to Conservation. Many congratulations to Tony! You’ll be able to learn more about Tony in Behind More Binoculars – out later this year.         OBE: Dr. Geoffrey Charles HAWTIN, lately […]

Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill

Yet another letter to my MP

Dear Mr Pursglove Because we might have another general election some time fairly soon, I’d like to just share these thoughts with you, please. I was surprised, in a way, to read that the Conservative manifesto promised a free vote on fox hunting (and the Prime Minister voiced her support for it). You may remember […]