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

Bird Fair books – review – The Art of Mindful Birdwatching by Claire Thompson

If, like me, you’ve heard quite a lot about mindfulness but don’t really know what it is, and if, like me, you are interested in birds, then this might well be the book for you. I found it interesting and read it all the way through. This book is a bit like most management courses […]

Bird Fair books – review – Bird Photographer of the Year

  This review has no spoilers about the winners – you will first find out about them at the Bird Fair on Saturday at 4:15 in the Events Marquee with Chris Packham. I was one of the judges for this competition, despite knowing little about photography. Of course we made perfect, finely-honed decisions about the […]

Writing competition – reminder

Writing competition – write a book review of George Monbiot’s Feral Last year this blog held a writing competition which produced some excellent articles (including this winner in the Wildlife and Politics category by Kerri ni Dochartaigh). I have some ideas for further writing competitions and this is the first one. Write a book review […]

Rattled of Peak District

An everyday story of shooting folk? Some fell-runners were enjoying a run around part of the Dark Peak one day in the middle of last week. When they returned to the Strines Inn a gamekeeper who identified himself as being from a particular shooting estate approached the runners in the pub car park. The gamekeeper […]

Grouse shooters – your time is running out

Patrick Barkham in the Guardian today. ‘Grouse shooting has survived so far because big landowners can ignore sea changes in public opinion. But politicians cannot.‘ ‘As grouse shooting becomes socially toxic, businesses will also shy away. And the lavish subsidies pocketed by grouse moor owners will vanish with Brexit.’   …and more. Please read it […]