Fighting for Birds

Fighting for Birds : 25 years in nature conservation

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 450g
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1907807314
  • 9781907807312
  • 2,266,030

Table of contents

1. Early years

2. Flow Country days

3. In the pink - roseate terns

4. Counting, cubes and curves

5. Is it ever right to be nasty to birds?

6. Special places

7. Hope for farmland birds

8. Reintroductions: putting something back

9. Nature reserves

10. Climate

11. The raptor haters

12. Trying to change the

13. Advocacy in practice

14. Snippets

15. Whither the RSPB?

16. The tangled bank

17. What we need to do to win

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Review quote

I couldn't put it down. It is a damned good read packed with interesting information and insider insights into some of the classic conservation battles of the period. All students of conservation should read it. -- John Bowers * ECOS * ... the other 13 chapters which are the meat of the book, and should be required reading for anyone with aspirations to be an advocate for conservation, and especially for anyone who has any influence on environmental policy. Also of course, anyone interested in conservation and the environment will get a lot of information and some forthright views both on the issues themselves and on how they should be tackled in the corridors of power where it matters. -- Peter Lack * IBIS *
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About Mark Avery

Mark Avery spent 25 years fighting for birds working for the RSPB, from Research Biologist to Conservation Director and is an influential blogger on all matters nature conservation.
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