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

In a week’s time – how will I feel?

In a week’s time our judicial review hearing will be over and we will be guessing what the judge made of it. At the moment we are guessing who the judge will be and we may not hear until the day before the hearing. We are also guessing as to exactly the format of the […]

Extinction Rebellion – what do you think?

Extinction Rebellion is a new people’s protest movement. Here is their website. Here is what people are saying about them: Extinction Rebellion: from the UK to Ghana Ecologis Can protest groups like Extinction Rebellion really police themselves? New Statesman The climate crisis demands more than blocking roads, Extinction Rebellion Guardian Extinction Rebellion protest: Police make […]

Is the EU good for wildlife? Hell, yes!

Has the EU been good for wildlife or not?  My view, based on 25 years of working for the RSPB and so being closer than most people to the evidence and practice behind this question is a definitive ‘Yes, hell yes!’.  My view is based on evidence (that’s coming soon in this post) but I […]

Still waiting for Waitrose

I’m waiting patiently for Waitrose’s response on the subject of the wording of their health warning on game meat (see here), although I did get a holding response from them today, as follows. Good morning Dr Avery. Thank you for your recent email regarding the labelling on our game products. I have asked for some […]

Just asking…

Yesterday’s blog on the rather mindless comments of the NFU to the proposal to reintroduce White-tailed Eagles to the Isle of Wight attracted a lot of good comments. Thank you! And of course I agree that any such proposal needs proper evaluation and that should include public consultation with a wide range of people. How […]