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

Tales from the Bird Fair (1)

Several people have sent me this menu from the Barnsdale Lodge Hotel from the Bird Fair weekend. It’s up to every hotel to decide whether it wants to support the industry that attacks the RSPB, attacks Chris Packham and attacks our wildlife as well as increasing flood risk, water treatment costs and greenhouse gas emissions. […]

Writing to your MP

I often encourage people to write to their MPs – in talks, on this blog, in Birdwatch (the October column of which I have just written) and at the weekend’s Bird Fair. Sometimes, in fact quite often, people say that they never get a response from their MP – and that puzzles me as I […]

Bird Fair Day 3 – in the bag

  What a great Bird Fair!  But it always is. I really enjoyed Day 3 and I went to four really good talks. The first was by Claire Thompson in the Authors’ Forum and was about mindful birdwatching.  This was an interesting talk and given very well.  I’m really glad that I went to it […]

Bird Fair Day 3

  Day 3.   My plan is: 0930-1000 AUTHORS’ FORUM Claire Thompson, The Art of Mindful Birdwatching (see review here). 1000-1020 LECTURE MARQUEE 1 John Fitzpatrick of Cornell Lab for Ornithology How birds really can save the world. 1215-1300 AUTHORS’ FORUM Hugh Warwick Linescapes – remapping and reconnecting Britain’s fragmented wildlife. 1315-1400 AUTHORS’ FORUM Helen […]

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 […]