Mark has been managing wetlands for the RSPB for 25 years and has been Site Manager at Berney Marshes for 17 years. The development work that he has devised, designed and delivered has turned this site into one of the most important lowland wet grasslands in Europe. This achievement has been thanks to Mark’s dedication to conservation, his passion for breeding waders, his deep understanding of wetland management and the collaborations that he has built with landowners, conservationists, local authorities and scientists.
Drawing on his experiences as an agricultural mechanic, Mark developed the tools for creating and controlling the shallow wet features on grasslands that attract breeding waders and provide food resources for their chicks. More recently he has driven an innovative restructuring of catchment-level water management around the Marshes which has created dynamic wetlands that are rich in biodiversity. He delivers ideas and management techniques that are tried, tested and researched to bridge the gap between pure conservation management of wet grassland and the need to also manage it as a commercial enterprise.
Mark travels around the country to advise on wetland creation and restoration and works closely with landowners, wildlife charities and Natural England advisors to design and deliver high-level stewardship management on wet grasslands. His knowledge and passion for wetland conservation allied with his skills in working collaboratively to deliver innovative management techniques have been a major reason for the success of wetland conservation throughout Eastern England and beyond.