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.
Let's get the confession out the way first.
Through this blog, I do inhabit the social media world, but I have not, to date, felt inclined (or to be honest had the time) to explore Twitter. Well not until a glass of wine too many a few weeks ago when I found myself accidentally creating an account: @MartinRSPB.
I have yet to use this account but if I did this is what I might have posted this week...
9am: @MartinRSPB At the Lodge, bluebells have enjoyed the rain, wish I was still camping.
1pm: @MartinRSPB Lunchtime run does not bode well for 45 minute challenge for #Bupa10K later this month
7pm: @MartinRSPB Good luck to Scottish colleagues co-hosting #WorldFisheriesCongress reception with Alec Salmond
8am: @MartinRSPB Breakfast meeting on Rio+20 with the DPM and Defra SoS - DPM calls for new thrifty society
6pm: @MartinRSPB Artists for albatross evening - stunning paintings, great success stories, more money raised for #albatrosstaskforce.
9pm: @MartinRSPB Really glad I did not take part in bidding for albatross paintings - family would not have been amused
7am: @MartinRSPB great press coverage of launch of #OperationTurtleDove
8.30am: @MartinRSPB with Jim Paice, Agriculture Minister to discuss #GreenFoodProject and CAP reform
11am: @MartinRSPB NGO gang in with Ed Davy, Energy SoS to discuss prospects for global deal and Electricity Market Reform
3pm: @MartinRSPB Tesco guys in the office to discuss sustainable sourcing of tropical commodities as part of #TogetherforTrees
5.59am: @MartinRSPB Looking forward to RSPB Council weekend to the Midlands to see Sherwood Forest, Middleton Lakes, Cannock Chase and Langfold Lowfields
And that was/is my week.
I think I'll stick to blogging.
You're a natural Martin - come on over to the dark side....!!
Wow, if you don't reach your 10K Bupa run taget Martin, you certainly vastly exceed it with your work rate and length of working day.
Have a good week !