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

Oh oh!

I went out for a drive last week and saw a couple of red kites.  They are fantastic birds aren’t they? If you remember I set myself the target of seeing red kites on 200 days of 2012 – and enjoying the moment each time.  I am falling short so far – I’m heading for […]

Bits and bits

Good luck to Jonny  Rankin and team in seeing as many species as possible today in Norfolk.  Looks like it will be a fine day and so my guess of 121 species looks on the low side.  I’ll give Jonny and team £1 for every species above 121 that they see –  the money goes […]

Guest Blog – Big Bird Race by Jonny Rankin

  About me Based in Bury St Edmunds Suffolk, I have a number of interests but I am always content to be out birding, which is usually every day walking my dog Fender.  I do a lot of birding in Suffolk Breck but of course go further afield too.   Firstly many thanks for the […]

In my backyard

Recently the Daily Telegraph reported on windfarm developments in the county where I live – Northamptonshire.  Apparently we are going to become the windfarm capital of the UK although the Telegraph only mentions 53 turbines and suggests the country (presumably England in this case) is considering applications for only 94 in total.  That doesn’t sound […]

Wuthering Moors 15

Defra, as Natural England, say that they need more time to answer my questions. I don’t accept that they do. But it would obviously be rather strange if after all this time, and extra time, I don’t get some very detailed and full answers to my questions.       Likes(0)Dislikes(0)