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Apart from a spell as a primary-school teacher (his pupils remember him chiefly for ‘going off the subject’), Mike has always worked with wildlife and is now a conservation officer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and is a member of the advisory panel of Birdwatch, the UK’s top birding magazine. As well as birding and bird ringing, he enjoys gardening, the history of scientific exploration, collecting natural-history books, and islands – his favourite being the Tristan da Cunha group, where the Upland Inaccessible Bunting Nesospiza acunhae fraseri, is named after him.


Atlantic breakers roll in to the Cape of Good Hope