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

Pasqueflowers at Barnack at Easter

Sometimes the Easter break comes at the right time for Pasqueflowers, and sometimes the weather is perfect. This is one such year. Make the most of the glorious weather this Bank Holiday weekend. Mostly these county flowers of Cambridgeshire are fenced in but occasionally one does a runner, like the one below, and can be […]

Guest blog – Hunting for the Wild by Ben MacDonald

Ben Macdonald is a conservation writer, field director in wildlife television, and a lifelong naturalist; passionate about restoring Britain’s wildlife, pelicans included, in his lifetime.  He has been the conservation columnist for Birdwatching magazine, as well as a contributor to the RSPB Nature’s Home and BBC Wildlife. He has worked on a range of TV series, including for the […]

Those Europeans…

Those Europeans coming over here rebuilding our habitats and our wildlife… See here Interesting, isn’t it (I think it is) that it isn’t our governments, it isn’t our millionnaires, it isn’t our NGOs, who are leading on rewilding our knackered uplands on a massive scale… Why not? Likes(50)Dislikes(2)

Guest blog – A Diet of Worms by Paul Sterry

Paul Sterry has an academic background in freshwater biology and is a passionate conservationist. He has been writing about natural history and photographing wildlife for the last 40 years, with an emphasis on the British scene. Vermin. One way and another, it’s a familiar word these days but one where meaning and interpretation have morphed […]

Have you noticed…?

Natural England has not announced its review of the General Licences yet… I think they are in a corner and don’t know how to get out – but I may be wrong. Likes(61)Dislikes(5)