I have been a passionate activist for environmental causes all of my life, having worked for English Nature, RSPB and BirdLife International. In my twenties I helped to found the Oriental Bird Club (84/5) and was on the founding council of the African Bird Club in the 1990s, serving in a variety of editorial roles.
I was on the council of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society and its president in 2007/8. I co-founded New Networks for Nature (2008). The organisation celebrates the central place that nature plays in British cultural life. There have been annual symposia in Oxford (2009), Thetford (2010), Cambridge (2016) and Stamford (2011-5 and 2017).
In 2015 Matt Howard and Laurence Rose and myself with a group of colleagues established a Norfolk Festival of Nature, which has held week-long programmes of events at Greshams School in Holt in 2015 & 2016. The Festival also staged a Tooth and Claw Debate on raptor persecution as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May 2015. Listen to the podcast here. In October 2016 there was 3-day NFoN programme as part of Norwich Science Festival.
In June 2016 I judged the Countryside Management Awards 2016 for the East of England Agricultural Society with Jake Fiennes.
© Mark Cocker 2013
This is Blackwater Carr a five-acre fen that I have been restoring since purchase in 2012. The site has a list of over 600 species and is the location for writing master classses and other activities.