Mark Avery is a scientist by training and a naturalist by inclination. He worked for the RSPB for 25 years, and was Conservation Director for nearly 13 years, before standing down in April 2011 to go freelance. Mark lives in rural Northamptonshire and is a member of Cheltenham Racecourse, the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, the BTO, and the National Trust for Scotland. He is also a trustee of the World Land Trust.
Mark's column, naturally opinionated, appears three times per volume.