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Mark Thomas | Head of Investigations RSPB
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Mark Thomas | Head of Investigations RSPB

“It’s just about making a difference...Day to day I sit here and say, how do we make a difference? What is it we have to do today that makes a difference for birds, and birds of prey in particular?” A life long birdwatcher, Mark Thomas has been tackling wildlife crime for much of his working life, investigating and taking to court cases involving egg collecting, nest disturbances, and the illegal killing of birds of prey, especially their killing on or around driven grouse moors. He was appointed Head of the RSPB Investigations Unit at the end of last year, and responds to the criticisms that at times the RSPB seems too close to the shooting industry with patience and robust but respectful argument. Charlie Moores talked with Mark at The Lodge, the RSPB's HQ, shortly before Hen Harrier Day 2019 and just days before the society's Global Conservation Director, Martin Harper, posted a press-release which stated that the RSPB had written to the government asking for an independent review on the sustainability of driven grouse moor management Image of a dead Hen Harrier found in an illegal spring trap by RSPB Scotland