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

Gamekeepers plan to say that gamekeepers are wonderful – shock!

Gamekeepers are asking themselves whether they are wonderful and are expected to say ‘Yes, we are!’. It’s a fairly obvious point but – wouldn’t it be more impressive if gamekeepers could get others to say how wonderful they are? And I don’t mean their employers! If the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and other real conservation organisations […]

Guest blog – Why do we feed wild birds? by Dave Clark

Dave Clark is an ornithologist with an MSc in Ornithology from the University of Birmingham and environmental campaigner with a particular interest in the interactions between birds and humans. Dave is keen to spread the word about the importance of urban areas for wildlife and improving our engagement with nature. He can be reached at dave@mailbox.co.uk. Why […]

Press release from Forestry England

CALL OF THE WILD: MICHAELA STRACHAN RALLIES PUBLIC TO DISCOVER FOREST WILDLIFE The Forestry Commission is inviting people to join the largest ever survey of England’s forest wildlife. The Big Forest Find is taking place in the nation’s forests, as volunteers and visitors embark on a journey of discovery through England’s wooded landscapes. The project […]

EDM 1963 – progress, but very slow progress

A total of 27 MPs have put their names to EDM 1963 on lead ammunition. That’s respectable, but unimpressive. My MP will never sign it – might yours? Please ask them. The score sheet is: Green Party, 1; Conservative Party, 1; Independent, 1; the Independent Group, 1; SNP, 4; Liberal Democrat, 4; Labour, 15 Likes(22)Dislikes(4)

Stanwick Lakes is 10 years old

Stanwick Lakes is 10 years old today. That is, the car park and visitor centre opened 10 years ago, apparently. There was a Roman Villa here rather longer ago than 10 years ago. And my Birdtrack complete lists go back to 2005 – 485 of them which record 162 species. I feel lucky to have […]