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Fighting for Birds: 25 Years in Nature Conservation

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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.
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Pelagic Publishing (first published July 28th 2012)
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Rachel
Oct 21, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important book dealing with many nature conservation issues (not just birds by any means) packed with insider information and insights plus a sprinkling of gossip written by someone who spent 25 years working for the RSPB starting out as a scientist and working his way up through the organisation to Conservation Director. I think the editor should have put a big red pen through the disjointed, at times irrelevant, and mainly anecdotal chapter entitled Snippets, but apart from that I highly re ...more
Jennifer
No photos and horrible small print with not enough margins. Not a proper autobiography when I like to know exactly how people with passions make their family lives work (or how their partners do...) A weighty subject when I was in need of light relief. And yet even though I tried to read other books, I kept coming back to this one until I had finished because I found it engaging and compelling and thought provoking.

Mark Avery attended a school I viewed with some animosity growing up, and with go
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Anne
Nov 11, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a terrific book, and a great read – an account of Mark’s years working with the RSPB but more than just the tale of one man’s work and interests. This is a clear appraisal of many of the conservation issues of recent years and will be invaluable for anyone interested in wildlife, ecology or conservation. Mark is an engaging writer and tells many amusing anecdotes along the way – as a regular reader of his excellent blog I knew that I would enjoy his book, but I was genuinely and pleasant ...more
Jason Peters
Jan 21, 2013 Jason Peters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fighting for Birds is a really great and entertaining read for anyone interested in wildlife in the UK, twitcher, RSPB member or neither. Mark Avery talks candidly about his interesting life and career at a vitally important NGO that has undergone many changes over the years and likely will many more as we head into a future that will rely increasingly on organisations and people lobbying government to make sure it protects our fragile, declining bird and other wildlife populations. A holistic v ...more
Michael
Feb 16, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Mark for a compelling, thought provoking and entertaining book. I am of the same age as you and added to the early stimulus of interest in the natural world by a country upbringing and a motivational village school headteacher. The extra push came from the bird club at QEH in Bristol (just down the hill from your BGS! ). I know that this early life has established a pattern for my life and that of my children (and I expect my soon to arrive grandchildren as the family values are establ ...more
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