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

Grouse shooters’ survey

You may remember that last year the likes of Ian Botham and the not-so-talented Viscount Ridley were using an unpublished ‘survey’ to prop up their view that grouse shooting is great for wildlife.  At the time, Matt Ridley refused to disclose the data on which he based his claim with ‘It was a privately commissioned […]

Marsh Harriers on Denton Moor

You may remember this video released by the RSPB last week … …and the RSPB blog on the case. Denton Moor is in the Nidderdale AONB and the relevant part of the moor is owned by the prestigious engineering firm NG Bailey.  They commented to me as follows;   RSPB/Marsh harrier incident on Denton Moor […]

OLDs at West Pennine Moors SSSI

The long story of protecting the West Pennine Moors as an SSSI has come to its administrative climax with the publication of the legal documents following an NE Board meeting in July. Because new SSSIs aren’t that common, and new upland ones certainly aren’t, I actually glanced through the document with some interest, when my […]

Not really a book review – Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

  Chris Packham is a great guy – I admire his toughness and his persistence. But he gets an awful lot of very nasty flak from the shooters.  Remember the Countryside Alliance called for the BBC to drop their best wildlife presenter a couple of years ago – well,  don’t think that has gone away, […]

Bird Fair books – some books already reviewed here

The authors’ forum at the Bird Fair is packed with good talks by authors of good books on each of the three days. Here are examples of talks by authors of books that have been reviewed here:   Friday 1315-1400, Ian Newton, Farming and Birds                 Saturday 1415-1500, […]