My passion for wildlife was stimulated in my teenage years, mainly thanks to my Mum (a biology teacher) who made me look at the world differently and being inspired by writers such as Paul Colinvaux. This early interest developed into biological research in my 20s, when I did practical conservation work in places such as the Comores and Mongolia.
Today, any free time I have I spend pottering around the flatlands of East Anglia or escaping to our hut on the Northumberland coast looking for wildlife and castles with my wife and children.
I studied Biological Sciences at Oxford and Conservation at UCL, and worked at Wildlife and Countryside Link before spending five years as Conservation Director at Plantlife.
I joined the RSPB as Head of Government Affairs in 2004, became Head of Sustainable Development in 2006, before becoming Conservation Director in 2011.
Big piece of news yesterday - a Derbyshire gamekeeper has been found guilty of attempting to illegally trap and kill birds of prey. Read about the story here and here and watch it here. The RSPB team that carried out the investigation deserve enormous credit for their professionalism, dedication and courage. Here's hoping that the punishment acts as a deterrent to others...
And here is a first person account from Mark Thomas - it's well worth a read.
Yes well done but if his boss pays the fine he got away scot free.This country badly needs the cat bringing back,they hardly ever committed the crimes again when in force whereas almost all criminals commit crimes again on release.