A chat with Charlie

Last week I had a chat with Charlie Moores about grouse shooting, hen harrier shooting, farmland birds, climate change, the honours system, the RSPB, whether I am happy, whether Charlie is any good at spotting birds, bluethroats, politicians, politics etc You can listen to our chat on Charlie’s podcast Talking Naturally (where you will also…

What has stayed the same?

In the June issue of British Birds – which has a lovely, vicious sparrowhawk on its cover, I was struck by the juxtaposition of two papers.  One was about lesser-spotted woodpeckers and the other about Dartford warblers in the Thames Basin heathlands of Surrey. Each was an interesting and valuable record of what we know,…

Having a website

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably never give much thought to what it takes to keep a website like this one up and running.  This blog tells you a bit about the details of running a website. Hosting:  you need a web address (this one is www.markavery.info) and that’s something…

It must be August because it’s July

I hope you think it is reasonable that when Birdwatch arrives at my home I immediately turn to my column ‘the political birder’.  It’s not that I need to see my name in print, but I do need to remind myself what I wrote about as there will be another column already in the pipeline…

Sunshine

On Monday the sun was shining and I suddenly thought – why not go and enjoy it? So I did. Summer sun means butterflies and I headed to Fermyn Woods to see if it might be third time lucky in looking for purple emperors. The long line of cars parked by the road on a…