In those 571 days this blog has grown from an audience of zero to well over 7000 unique visitors a month according to the statistics provided by Google analytics.
What they say about Mark Avery:
‘Britain’s premier wildlife blogger’ – The Independent newspaper
‘wildlife guru‘ – The Guardian newspaper
‘you b***ard blogger‘ – a prominent farmer
‘Best blogger in the business‘ – Stuart Winter, birder, journalist and author
I’m grateful to those people, like Andy Clements on Monday, who have contributed Guest Blogs. There is another one already received and ready to be posted (probably later this week), one more, definitely promised, and several more of a more tentative nature. I welcome Guest Blogs provided they are: relevant (to nature conservation in some way, and mostly with a UK focus), legal (I don’t want to be sued for libel for what you write – I don’t mind so much if it’s what I write), literate (I make typing errors and grammatical and spelling mistakes, I know, but I’ll not correct yours) and interesting to this audience. Get in touch if you have a Guest Blog to offer.
Most of the words on this blog, though, are written by me. The deal is this – I write what I want to write and you can read it if you want to – but there is no compulsion. You also can comment on this blog and I’m grateful again to those who regularly do, but it’s always nice for me to see new names and fresh perspectives so if you are a regular reader then please think about commenting too – we’d love to hear from you. Hardly any comments are not posted, and very few are ever edited (where they are then I say so).
The shape of this blog is pretty much set, I think. You’ll continue to be offered my thoughts on nature and the organisations whose actions influence its fate.
I’m likely to continue to write about the fate of farmland birds, the fate of raptors, marine protected areas, the RSPB, the National Trust and many other conservation organisations, nature politics and national politics where they impinge on the fate of wildlife. I’ll throw in a few book reviews and reports on events which I attend and I’ll tell you a bit about my experiences of the natural world.
If you enjoy the blog and would like more of me – and a proper story – then why don’t you buy Fighting for Birds – 25 years in nature conservation which can be bought from Amazon, the publisher, at many RSPB , Wildlife Trust and WWT centres and from some good bookshops.
Why not be one of the few people to buy a hardback?
Available as an e-book too, so if you are the President of the NFU, a nasty gamekeeper or George Osborne then you need not fear that anybody need know you are reading Avery’s book.
Have you noticed the difference in hair colour between these two images? I have!