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

Bird flu update – another Buzzard

Following last week’s update on bird flu cases in ‘wild’ birds, there has been another case, in another Buzzard in Suffolk. So it looks as though the bird flu virus has been isolated from five dead Buzzards in the same location in Suffolk which might be the same location that a Goshawk tested positive too. […]

Petitions update – 23 April

Not much has happened this week – although the ‘ban’ e-petition gained a signature! My copy of Nature’s Home magazine came through the post and I can see why that hasn’t produced many signatures for licensing from its alleged readership of over 1 million. The small article hidden on page 41 hardly quickens the pulse. […]


The decision of SNH to issue a licence for a mass cull of  Ravens in Perthshire is absolutely stunning in its stupidity – see here. The next thing they’ll suggest is taking away Ravens from their nests, raising them in captivity and then letting them go again a few weeks later – see here. It […]

A quick Swift

I saw my first Swift of the year this morning at Stanwick Lakes. In fact it was my earliest record there since I started using Birdtrack in 2005.  Spring really has arrived when the Swifts are back – although it was just the one for me this morning!  And I still haven’t seen a House […]

Guest blog – Fox hunting crimes by Ian Carter

Moving to Devon 18 months ago has been a real eye-opener in relation to wildlife crime. There is plenty of industrial-scale Pheasant shooting but Buzzards exist at high densities and even Goshawks seem to be doing well, with several breeding sites within a few minutes’ drive of the house. Raptor persecution no doubt occurs on […]