TN76 The Conference Calls 10 Dec 11 – with Mark Avery


The one with guest Dr Mark Avery, author and Independent Environmental Expert who left the RSPB earlier this year after 15 years as Conservation Director, where in the light of George Osborne’s recent drive-by shooting of the environment in his autumn statement we ask Mark for his opinions on whether an individual CAN make a difference (yes, they can!), how he keeps on ploughing his furrow through the environmental issues of the day, and he reveals in a scoop for the Conference Calls – and I think I’ve got this right – that the CLA saved the Bittern. In a word, ‘inspirational’. Oh, and his book, ‘Blogging for Nature’, gets plugged more often than Wayne Rooney’s scalp…

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Show Notes

And your Panel today consists of…

  • Charlie Moores, a freelance writer and podcaster (and now sadly intermittent birder) who either lives in a warm little cottage in north Wiltshire with his family or in a cold ‘podding shed’ editing an endless series of podcasts that more and more people appear to now be listening to.
  • Nick Moran, an expat Yorkshireman living in Norfolk, where he runs BirdTrack at the BTO. Nick spent most of the noughties birding and occasionally teaching Biology in China and the UAE; he is an OSME Council member and secretary and voting member on the Emirates Bird Records Committee which keeps him in touch with Middle East birding.
  • Tristan Reid, aka ‘binocularface’, a conservationist and well-known member of the Brit birding and twitching scene (to quote from Tristan’s binocularface blog “Some may call me obsessive; but I love to see rare and scarce birds and will travel anywhere within the UK and Ireland to see them!”) who lives in Cumbria.



Show Notes

markavery TN53 Dr Mark Avery (former RSPB Conservation Director)Dr Mark Avery, Luton, July 2011. Photo by Charlie Moores

  • Mark Avery’s website and blog:
  • ‘Blogging for Nature’, Mark Avery’s book: [A 'How to blog' guide and a selection of blogs from the Conservation Director of the RSPB. Foreword by Hilary Benn MP. Wildlife conservation issues from 2009-2011 in the UK - farming, climate change, illegal persecution, public spending cuts, non-native species, reintroductions and a lot more.]


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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores

One Comment

  1. tony powell says:

    It is good to know that I’m doing things in the right way as well. I have started blogging and there are many others who feel it is a way get views heard. I BirdTrack and patchlist and have a phenology blog dedicated to the seasonal changes. The natural environment has many pressures thrust upon it from climate change to habitat destruction and human exploitation. The least we can all do is to take account of what is there before it is inevitably destroyed. I’m sure it was once said, “Good news can come from Bad” but the same is not true, the other way around.

    Kind Regards

    Tony Powell

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