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

Sunday book review – The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicholson

Reviewed by Ian Carter Adam Nicolson’s father bought the Shiant Isles in the Hebrides when he was twenty: £1,300 for 500 acres including a rat-infested bothy and, at the right time of year, no small number of breeding seabirds. We are told he loved the place more than anywhere else in the world, a love […]

Tim Melling – Linnet

Tim writes: there has been a widespread Linnet decline across Europe since 1980 but the decline in Britain started in the late 1960s.  It has always been a bird dependent on arable land but changes to farming practice have taken their toll.  Increasing specialisation from mixed farming resulted in many “agriculturally-unnecessary” hedgerows being removed, depriving […]

Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill


A response from NE

Here is the link to the NE Enquiry Service. On the face of it, it looks like I may have been misinformed, or, in other words, I was wrong. But, it pays to check the wording carefully. Answer 2 seems to say that there is a more accurate or up to date dataset being finalised.  […]

Red Kites in November

I’m keeping a note of whether I see Red Kites on each day through the year – the November tally was 18 days out of 30. January: 22 days out of 31. February: 24 days out of 28. March: 26 days out of 31. April: 20 days out of 30. May: 7 days out of […]