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

Guest blog – Toad Rage (5 and final) by Paul Sterry

This blog by Dr Paul Sterry follows four earlier ones; Toad Rage, Toad Rage 2, Toad Rage 3 and Toad Rage 4. Paul Sterry has an academic background in freshwater biology and is a passionate conservationist. He has been writing about natural history and photographing wildlife for the last 40 years, with an emphasis on […]

Paul Leyland – Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast If you read Erica McAlister’s recent blog here, about her love of flies, you will know now, if you didn’t before, their diversity and their importance in our ecosystems. I am a fairly recent convert to the love of flies and if there is a fly equivalent of a birder then […]

Sunday quotes (12)

This week’s quote is from Senator John Kerry (born 1943). I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/john_f_kerry_16019 The petition Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU is poised just below 5 million signatures. More on […]

Operation Yellow Hammer

The petition Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU is poised just below 5 million signatures and the Prime Minister is lacking poise on the edge of a precipice. A Yellowhammer from Tim Melling in West Yorkshire Likes(29)Dislikes(6)

Tim Melling – Swinhoe’s Striped Squirrel

Tim writes: the Swinhoe’s Striped Squirrel (Tamiops swinhoei) is only found in high altitude forests (usually 2500-3000m) in China, northern Myanmar and northern Vietnam.  I photographed this individual at about 2800m at Labahe in Sichuan, China.  It is a tree-dwelling squirrel, though I managed to capture this individual freezing, when it was half way across […]