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

Oscar Dewhurst – Red Deer stag

Oscar writes: I’m now back at university for a research masters, but before I left I had time to squeeze in a couple of visits to Richmond Park for the annual deer rut. The morning this was taken on was one of those magical sunrises where the ground is covered in mist, so shooting into […]

Other blogs (9)

In this occasional series of links to other interesting blog posts, here are some more blogs that have caught my eye: Mike Alibone, Northants birds – Blackcap central Guy Shrubsole on Miles King’s blog – Will farm subsidies be slashed after Brexit? Raptor Persecution UK – South Scotland Golden Eagle project gets final go-ahead David […]

If you’ve had an email

It’s becoming clearer to me who is behind the surge in signatures for the ‘protect grouse shooting’ e-petition, and exactly why its support is centred on the richer parts of central London and places such as the Cotswolds. If you have been sent an email asking you to sign the e-petition on behalf of grouse […]

Timothy Richard Cleeves – 1951-2017

Tim Cleeves died suddenly on Friday night.  He will be greatly missed by many friends, former colleagues and birders who came across him in the field. Tim was born on the outskirts of Bristol in Hanham, across the River Avon from where I spent my earliest years, and he kept a rich Bristol accent all […]

Tim Melling – Racoon

  Tim writes: Raccoons (Procyon lotor) were once thought to be related to bears but they are an early offshoot of the dog family.  They are only found naturally in the New World and the family includes Coatis and Kinkajous.  The generic name Procyon means “before the dog” indicating that distant relationship.  But the specific […]