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

Some thoughts on the 2018 Bird Fair – the gender balance issue

Bird Fair needs to do better on gender (and racial, but I’ll stick to gender here) balance – but there certainly is progress in the right direction. But it would be good to see more progress. Having said that, I can’t quite see the progress being that rapid. Where exactly are all these brilliant crowd-pulling […]

Some thoughts on the 2018 Bird Fair – the numbers game

The Bird Fair is great; it’s always great, and it was great over the last three days too. But great doesn’t mean perfect. And great doesn’t mean invulnerable. I think, but I might well be wrong, that the Bird Fair was a little quieter this year than last year, and it was a little quieter […]

Dear John

I missed seeing Sir John Lister-Kaye at the Bird Fair but I’m told he gave an excellent talk about raptor persecution.  He’s a good speaker, I know, and I’m sure his talk will have motivated many of his audience on this important subject. I’m told, by upwards of a dozen people (so I’m pretty sure […]

Bird Fair asks Iceland’s Prime Minister to end whaling

I spent some, by no means all, of my time at the Bird Fair getting signatures, on bits of paper, to ask the Icelandic Prime Minister to bring an end to whaling in her country.  I’m amazed by the total: we got… 1,320 signatures. Thank you to all who signed (and see some more acknowledgements […]

Bird Fair Day 3

Over a thousand good things about the Bird Fair: This petition, on bits of paper, at the Bird Fair over the three days, raised over 1,000 signatures asking the Prime Minister of Iceland to put an end to whaling in her country. Dear Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland Each year the British Birdwatching Fair […]