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

The Hen Harriers

Some amazing people are going to do some running in the north of England to raise money for Wild Justice to spend on Hen Harrier conservation. I’ve met one of this crazy gang recently and am touched by how eager they are to do something for Hen Harriers. Here is their website which also has […]

Lead – well done Anglian Water

Anglian Water think that it is worth putting cards like this through their customers’ letterboxes (even though the pipes are the customers’ responsibility not the water company). Good for them! Whereas almost no supermarkets label the lead-laden game meat that they sell specifically for human consumption, and those that do get the wording badly wrong […]

Catfield Fen ripples spread in water wars

You would have to be an addict of this blog with a spectacularly good memory to recall the tiny part that this blog played in a victory to save parts of the Norfolk Broads which have high levels of protection under EU wildlife laws from being damaged by water abstraction. The last blog here on […]

Naturally cultured?

I’m a Radio 4 devotee – maybe even an addict. I need my fix of BBC Radio 4 every day and I almost always get it. I’m usually awake long before Farming Today but tend to be having my most productive part of the day while the annoying farming programme is broadcast so I try […]

Paul Leyland – Early Thorn Moth

Paul writes: the Early Thorn (Selania dentaria) is one of the commonest moths flying at the moment. I usually see them from mid March to the end of April, they have two broods so will appear again in the middle of July. I found this one a couple of weeks ago in my North Yorkshire […]