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

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 […]


I’m sorry I won’t be able to go to the BTO Conference this year – it looks pretty good.  I haven’t been for a few years now – maybe next year. I am a great supporter of the BTO and I’m looking forward to doing the English winter bird survey on ‘my’ two BBS squares […]

Birders’ Choice Awards

If you are going to vote in this poll, and I very much hope that you will, then you need to do so before the end of the month – that is the end of Friday this week. Here is a link to my thoughts on some of the categories and who deserves your vote […]

European Hunters know the risk of lead in game meat

Our hunting organisations are dinosaurs compared with those elsewhere in Europe – and even in many ways compared with those in the USA and Canada. As Waitrose consider rewording their health warning on their packs of game meat on sale in their stores (see here and here) they should glance at the advice on consumption […]

Go back in time on the IoW – particularly if you are a farmer

By Ordnance Survey –  map from 1945, Public Domain, One of the attractions of visiting the Isle of Wight is that you just get a little taste of what the UK was like in the 1950s – that’s why the OS map above is so appropriate.  You almost expect to see items in the […]