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

April British Wildlife

The latest British Wildlife arrived in the post on Thursday – and if it had been a wet Bank Holiday weekend it would have been read by now! But the weather has been glorious so I’ve only dipped into it. My column, written six weeks ago, is about legal challenges and Wild Justice. I write […]

Bank Holiday Monday book review – Enlightenment Now, by Stephen Pinker

Reviewed by Ian Carter The premise of this book is that by almost any metric you care to choose, things have got better for humans as a result of the scientific revolution and ‘progress’ driven by research, industry and wealth creation. It’s hard to argue with the logic. We live longer, enjoy better healthcare, are […]

Paul Leyland – Red-breasted Carrion Beetle

Paul writes: I found this beetle a few days ago along the River Derwent at Weldrake Ings in Yorkshire. It was sitting on an old log, possibly looking for a mate. It’s a Red-breasted Carrion Beetle (Oiceoptoma thoracicum), which is fairly easy to identify once you get close to it. A very distinctive beetle, with […]

Sunday quotes (16)

This week’s quote comes from Margaret Thatcher (died 2013). Photo: Chris Collins / Margaret Thatcher Foundation What we are now doing to the world, by degrading the land surfaces, by polluting the waters and by adding greenhouse gases to the air at an unprecedented rate—all this is new in the experience of the earth. It […]

Sunday book review – Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness

This is a redemptive story – of how the author recovered from a pit of despond and how nature helped him to make that transition. Chapter 1 is very moving and although getting the low-down on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder may not sound like a rattling good yarn it is a good […]