Mark Avery writes mostly on birds, their biology and their conservation. He is a scientist by training but a naturalist by inclination. After studying great snipe, great tits, pipistrelle bats and bee-eaters at Cambridge, Aberdeen and Oxford universities he worked for the RSPB for 25 years – first as a scientist but for nearly 13 years as Conservation Director. In 2011 he left the RSPB to go freelance. He writes a daily blog on UK nature conservation issues (www.markavery.info/blog) and regularly for British Wildlife, BBC Wildlife and Birdwatch magazines. He lives in rural Northamptonshire.
His books include Birds and Forestry (with R Leslie) (T&AD Poyser,1989); Fighting for Birds: 25 Years in Nature Conservation (Pelagic Publishing, 2012); A Message from Martha: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and its Relevance Today (Bloomsbury, July 2014). He has just signed a deal with Thames & Hudson for Remarkable Birds, was published in 2016 (Thames & Hudson have world rights).