Mark Avery - Author

About the Author

Mark Avery is a scientist by training and a naturalist by inclination. He writes about and comments on environmental issues. Mark worked for the RSPB for 25 years before standing down in April 2011; he was the RSPB's Conservation Director for nearly 13 years. Mark lives in rural Northamptonshire.

Books by Mark Avery

Behind More Binoculars Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers

Behind More Binoculars Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers

Author: Mark Avery, Keith Betton Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2017

How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen? Keith Betton and Mark Avery, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers. Following on from the success of their 2015 book Behind the Binoculars, Keith and Mark are back again, taking you behind the scenes, and behind the binoculars, of a diverse range of birding and wildlife personalities. Behind More Binoculars includes interviews with: Frank Gardner, Ann and Tim Cleeves, Roy Dennis, Kevin Parr, Tony Marr, Tim Appleton, Tim Birkhead, Dawn Balmer, Jon Hornbuckle, Tony Juniper, Richard Porter, Bryan Bland, Carol and Tim Inskipp, Barbara Young, Bill Oddie

Behind the Binoculars Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers

Behind the Binoculars Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers

Author: Mark Avery, Keith Betton Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2017

How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen? Mark Avery and Keith Betton, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers. They take you behind the scenes, and behind the binoculars, of a diverse range of birding and wildlife personalities. Behind the Binoculars includes interviews with: Chris Packham, Phil Hollom, Stuart Winter, Lee Evans, Steve Gantlett, Mark Cocker, Ian Wallace, Andy Clements, Mike Clarke, Debbie Pain, Keith Betton, Roger Riddington, Ian Newton, Stephanie Tyler, Mark Avery, Stephen Moss, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, Rebecca Nason and Robert Gillmor.

Remarkable Birds

Remarkable Birds

Author: Mark Avery Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

We share the Earth with more than 10,000 species of birds and we have always been enchanted by them. Here, over 60 birds, organized thematically into eight sections, cover all aspects of our relationship with birds. `Songbirds' celebrates the greatest bird virtuosi, such as the Nightingale, while `Birds of Prey' include majestic hunters such as the Harpy Eagle, which catches prey as large as monkeys and sloths. `Feathered Travellers' describes astounding journeys made by birds - even some tiny Hummingbirds migrate huge distances. `The Love Life of Birds' can rival any soap opera and involves the most brilliant displays, notably the Birds of Paradise, with their extravagant feathers and dances. `Avian Cities' explores species such as the Flamingo that live in spectacular large colonies. `Useful to Us' examines the ways we find birds of value, such as the Turkey, but also the Canary. `Threatened and Extinct' describes some no longer living and others that seem on the brink. Birds have also had great mystical significance, both for good and evil, and `Revered and Adored' considers such species as the Sacred Ibis, believed by the ancient Egyptians to represent the god Thoth. For anyone interested in the natural world and the wonderful variety of birds around us, this beautifully illustrated book is a visual treat that will inspire, inform and delight.

Inglorious Conflict in the Uplands

Inglorious Conflict in the Uplands

Author: Mark Avery Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

Driven grouse shooting, where flocks of Red Grouse are chased by lines of beaters so that they fly over lines of `guns' that shoot the fast-flying birds, is a peculiarly British fieldsport. It is also peculiarly British in that it is deeply rooted in the British class system. This multi-million pound business dominates the hills of the north of England - the Pennines, the North Yorkshire Moors, the Cheviots - and throughout Scotland. Grouse shooting is big business. VERY big business And backed by powerful, wealthy lobbying groups, its tendrils run throughout British society. Inglorious makes the case for banning driven grouse shooting. The facts and arguments are presented fairly but the author, Mark Avery, states from the start why he has, after many years of soul-searching, come down in favour of an outright ban. There is too much illegal killing of wildlife, such as Buzzards, Golden Eagles, and, most egregiously of all, Hen Harriers; and, as a land use, it wrecks the ecology of the hills. However, grouse shooting is economically important, and it is a great British tradition. All of these, and other points of view, are given fair and detailed treatment and analysis - and the author talks to a range of people on different sides of the debate. The book also sets out Avery's campaign with Chris Packham to gain support for the proposal to ban grouse shooting, culminating in 'Hen Harrier Day', timed to coincide with the 'Glorious' 12th. This new paperback edition includes new material on what went on in 2015, including the devastating floods of that winter, bringing the story right up to date. Mark Avery continues to stir up a debate about fieldsports, the countryside and big business in a book that all British conservationists will want to read.

A Message from Martha The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Its Relevance Today

A Message from Martha The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Its Relevance Today

Author: Mark Avery Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2015

September 1st, 2014 marked the centenary of one of the best-documented extinctions in history - the demise of the Passenger Pigeon. From being the commonest bird on the planet 50 years earlier, the species became extinct on that fateful day, with the death in Cincinnati Zoo of Martha - the last of her kind. This book tells the tale of the Passenger Pigeon, and of Martha, and of author Mark Avery's journey in search of them. It looks at how the species was a cornerstone of the now much-diminished ecology of the eastern United States, and how the species went from a population that numbered in the billions to nil in a terrifyingly brief period of time. It also explores the largely untold story of the ecological annihilation of this part of America in the latter half of the 19th century, a time that saw an unprecedented loss of natural beauty and richness as forests were felled and the prairies were ploughed, with wildlife slaughtered more or less indiscriminately. Despite the underlying theme of loss, this book is more than another depressing tale of human greed and ecological stupidity. It contains an underlying message - that we need to re-forge our relationship with the natural world on which we depend, and plan a more sustainable future. Otherwise more species will go the way of the Passenger Pigeon. We should listen to the message from Martha.

Behind the Binoculars Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers

Behind the Binoculars Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers

Author: Mark Avery, Keith Betton Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2015

How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen? Mark Avery and Keith Betton, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers. They take you behind the scenes, and behind the binoculars, of a diverse range of birding and wildlife personalities. Behind the Binoculars includes interviews with: Chris Packham, Phil Hollom, Stuart Winter, Lee Evans, Steve Gantlett, Mark Cocker, Ian Wallace, Andy Clements, Mike Clarke, Debbie Pain, Keith Betton, Roger Riddington, Ian Newton, Stephanie Tyler, Mark Avery, Stephen Moss, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, Rebecca Nason and Robert Gillmor.

Fighting for Birds 25 years in nature conservation

Fighting for Birds 25 years in nature conservation

Author: Mark Avery, Chris Packham Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/08/2012

Devoted to birds and wildlife since childhood, Mark's early scientific research at Oxford, Aberdeen and the RSPB provided a solid background for his management, ambassadorial, and political lobbying activities which were to follow - and his larger than life, yet quietly humane personality has provided the final tools in his own, unique, nature conservationists' toolbox. In this book, Mark mixes a great many stories from his professional life at the RSPB with personal anecdotes and passionate arguments on past and present issues in bird and nature conservation. He shows us something of the many scientists whose work paves the way for conservation action, places domestic conservation into an international context, takes us behind the scenes to glimpse the politicians who have worked with him, or against him, along the way. Mark leaves us armed with practical tips and a guiding philosophy to take wildlife conservation though the troubled years that lie ahead. A personal, philosophical and political history of 25 years of bird conservation, this book provides an instructive and amusing read for all those who would like a glimpse into the birds and wildlife conservation world - what the issues are, what must be done, how it can be done, and the challenges, highs and lows involved.

Fighting for Birds 25 years in nature conservation

Fighting for Birds 25 years in nature conservation

Author: Mark Avery, Chris Packham Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2012

Devoted to birds and wildlife since childhood, Mark's early scientific research at Oxford, Aberdeen and the RSPB provided a solid background for his management, ambassadorial, and political lobbying activities which were to follow - and his larger than life, yet quietly humane personality has provided the final tools in his own, unique, nature conservationists' toolbox. In this book, Mark mixes a great many stories from his professional life at the RSPB with personal anecdotes and passionate arguments on past and present issues in bird and nature conservation. He shows us something of the many scientists whose work paves the way for conservation action, places domestic conservation into an international context, takes us behind the scenes to glimpse the politicians who have worked with him, or against him, along the way. Mark leaves us armed with practical tips and a guiding philosophy to take wildlife conservation though the troubled years that lie ahead. A personal, philosophical and political history of 25 years of bird conservation, this book provides an instructive and amusing read for all those who would like a glimpse into the birds and wildlife conservation world - what the issues are, what must be done, how it can be done, and the challenges, highs and lows involved.

Birds and Forestry

Birds and Forestry

Author: Mark Avery, Roderick Leslie Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2010

In this book an ornithologist and a forester have combined their skills to try and tease out the real facts behind the various arguments: Which bird species are really threatened? How can we judge the relative value of bird species ousted by plantations and the new species which colonize them? How can the need for forest products be reconciled with the demands of conservationists? This fascinating book tackles these issues in a forthright manner. It represents a significant step towards achieving the sort of prudent land planning that will really improve our beleaguered countryside. Mark Avery has combined bird watching with a career as a biologist. Since graduating from Cambridge University he has studied at Oxford and Aberdeen Universities and worked on Great Tit song, food-hoarding by Marsh Tits, foraging and social behaviour of Bee-eaters and hibernation of pipistrelle bats. Mark joined the RSPB staff in 1986 to-work in the Flow Country and is now a Senior Research Biologist for the Society working on scientific aspects of land-use, international and marine issues. Roderick Leslie was educated at Rugby and Oxford, where he took a degree in Agriculture and Forest Sciences. Interested in waders, cannon-netting on the Wash and ringing, he joined the Forestry Commission in 1976 and became involved in studies of the birds of second rotation forest, including Nightjar. He has worked in Northumberland, North Yorkshire where he was BTO regional representative, and Thetford. In 1988, following a three-year term as the Forestry Commission's Wildlife and Conservation officer at F.C. Headquarters in Edinburgh, he became the Private Forestry & Environment Officer for the Commission's West of England Conservancy based in Bristol. He was a member of the RSPB Council from 1984-1989. Jacket painting by Philip Snow

Birds and Forestry

Birds and Forestry

Author: Mark Avery, Roderick Leslie Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2010

The conflict between forestry and nature conservation has, in recent years, become a major environmental issue. The planting of large tracts of land with exotic conifers and the resulting disturbance of existing plant and animal communities has polarized the debate, each camp believing that it holds the most rational view. This book tackles the issues, and represents a step toward achieving prudent land planning.

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