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

Slow progress with EDM #1963

Caroline Lucas’s Early Day Motion to ban the use of lead ammunition is making leaden progress (see Caroline’s guest blog here) There are now 22 MPs signed up including one former Labour MP now a member of the Independent Group (Mike Gapes) and the latest addition is the SNP’s Deidre Brock. Likes(14)Dislikes(1)

RSPB press release

Warm Saharan breeze brings swallows and martins home weeks early   Travelling ahead of the ‘Saharan plume’ many birds usually seen in spring are starting to arrive back in the UK after spending a warm winter in Africa.  The RSPB is already receiving reports of swallows and house martins being spotted in Cornwall, Devon and […]

Scottish Wildlife Trust press release

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is calling for the urgent introduction of legal protection for Scotland’s beavers following the discovery of a dead beaver on a wildlife reserve in Tayside.  Examination of the female beaver shows that it is likely to have died from an infection after being shot in the chest.  Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive, […]

Chris Davies MP

I keep a kindly eye on those MPs who spoke in the ‘debate’ over banning driven grouse shooting in October 2016. One, the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire described me thus; ‘Only the other week I had the privilege of attending the evidence session on grouse shooting. Several right hon. and hon. Members have already […]

Iceland may resume whaling

The news that whaling may occur in Icelandic waters from 2019-24 is very disappointing. I’m not suggesting that a 15-minute chat with the Icelandic Prime Minister is likely to have made that much difference but it did feel, when I was in Iceland in September, that the movement was in the right direction. We’ll have […]