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

Peter Melchett remembered

I attended a lovely memorial event for Peter Melchett this morning after two days in the Royal Courts of Justice battling against Natural England’s brood meddling licensing decision (a third day is needed – we don’t know when that will be yet (see short account in today’s Times, page 23)). I learned some new things […]

Not finished yet.

Our judicial review of brood meddling needs a third day. We don’t yet know when that day might be. More information when I have more information.  Likes(69)Dislikes(7)

This blog’s books of the year 2018

This blog has reviewed 41 books this year (and many thanks to Ian Carter for his reviews).  My selection of the ‘top 4’ books of the year is as follows; Number 4 A tour-de-force of clear writing about a technical subject. Deserves to be widely read.  Which birds are related to which others most closely? […]

Guest blog – Nature Books 2018 by Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. He was the founding producer of Springwatch, and has written a stream of wildlife books (eg see   Tweet of the Day (with Brett Westwood), Natural Histories (also with Brett Westwood), and Wild Kingdom). A lifelong naturalist, he is passionate about communicating […]

Christmas shopping reminder

Orders are coming in at a steady trickle and so I’m making regular visits to the Post Office to send books off to people. Signed copies of Remarkable Birds are available at £19.99 (includes postage within UK and packing).  Contact me for details Offer open while stocks last, which might depend on how many […]