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

Mark Avery is…

…still thinking red grouse moors and about the comments posted on yesterday’s blog. Likes(0)Dislikes(1)

How glorious? The illegality at the heart of grouse shooting.

Today is the traditional start of the grouse shooting season – the Glorious 12th. Few red grouse will be shot today, but between now and the 10 December the season will be on, and guns will be willing to pay upwards of £1500 a day for shooting their share of 200,000 red grouse shot in […]

Going cuckoo!

One of the most exciting developments of recent years has been the ability to track birds with satellite tags – and the technology allows smaller and smaller birds to be tagged all the time. One of the most exciting current examples is that of cuckoos being tracked by the BTO as they make their way to…? […]


Mark Avery is bobbing about on a boat off the south coast of England and doesn’t want to get salt water in his netbook. Back tomorrow. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Film it then forget it?

The BBC has confirmed its intention to close the BBC Wildlife Fund.  Chief axe-man, George Entwistle,  appears unbending to the arguments of those who point out that this move will not save the BBC appreciable money – it will simply cost nature conservation appreciable money. In its first week, 7000 people signed the petition appealing […]