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

National Trust press release

Puffin. Photo: ©National Trust Images/Paul Kingston Farnes puffin numbers rally after initial concern in five-yearly survey results Results from a five-yearly survey reveal puffin numbers are stable on the remote Northumberland Farne Islands, cared for by the National Trust. Last May concerned rangers speculated that the initial low numbers from the outlying islands of this […]

I’m talking in Preston on Monday evening

I’m looking forward to talking to the Preston Society on Monday evening. All are welcome and you can pay to get in at the door., apparently. I’m amused to hear that a certain person has been encouraging gamekeepers to attend to put their side of the case. They will be welcome of course, but they […]

Save the Gwent Levels from the Welsh Assembly Government

If Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government’s regulator and advisor, is against the plans to drive a motorway through the wildlife-rich Gwent Levels, then why is the Welsh Assembly Government intent on doing just that? My mother grew up in this part of South Wales and so I have personal memories of it. And […]

Well done BBOWT and friends!

Yesterday I was in London so I had the opportunity to pass by the Royal Courts of Justice and wish these campaigners the best of luck. Last month the High Court refused permission for Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust’s (BBOWT) claim against the government regarding the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway – the story is […]

Warm words on burning

Natural England has issued a position statement on burning of blanket bogs – the position is basically ‘Don’t!’. We understand that the serial blanket bog burners in the uplands are less than chuffed by actually being told what they can and can’t do. We can’t see any comment from the Moorland Association on this subject […]