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 Fair Day 2 – in the bag

I had more beer, more conversations with nice people and went to some great talks – not all the talks I had planned to attend but a good proportion of them. I missed Mark Carwardine’s talk but got to the joint effort by Chris Packham, Ruth Peacey, Ruth Tingay (of Raptor Persecution Scotland), BirdLife Malta’s […]

Tim Melling – Scotch Argus

  Tim writes: I visited Smardale Gill in Cumbria in late July and managed to find several Scotch Argus (Erebia aethiops) butterflies just emerging.  This male is absolutely pristine with not a scratch nor scale out of place.  It still has that iridescent bloom that freshly emerged butterflies show, but which disappears after a few […]

An Unreliable History of Birdwatching (21) – by Paul Thomas


Bird Fair 2017 – Day 2 and Ralph’s cartoon

    Day 2 – this looks like another excellent day. My plan: 1000-1045 Mark Carwardine EVENTS MARQUEE Was it really the last chance to see? 1100-1145 Chris Packham plus EVENTS MARQUEE Tales from the frontline of conservation 1500-1545 Stephen Moss chair EVENTS MARQUEE Bird Brain of Britain – as a previous winner (!) I […]

Bird Fair 2017 – Day 1 in the bag

Day 1 of the Bird Fair just flew past – and much of it went more or less to plan. Gave away my spare 3-day ticket (with the plea that the recipient spent some money on the BAWC stand) TICK! Queued in the car but not at the gate – excellent! TICK!! Found Ruth Miller […]