Meet the team
Marcus is a trustee of Hampshire Ornithological Society (HOS), and is currently chair of the HOS scientific committee, a member of the HOS rare bird panel, and a species writer for the Hampshire Bird Report and the recent Hampshire Bird Atlas. He is a licensed British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) ringer (A permit), with a training endorsement and two current trainees. In addition, Marcus is involved in New Forest surveys for organisations such as Butterfly Conservation and BTO, and has published articles on iconic New Forest species such as Firecrest and Hawfinch in the Hampshire Bird Report.
Marcus is a popular speaker on New Forest wildlife for local societies, and has found some of Hampshire’s rarest birds in the New Forest (e.g. Short-toed Lark and Two-barred Crossbill). Marcus lives in Lymington with his wife, Zoe, and two children, Jessica and Jamie (who at the age of 9 is a keen trainee ringer and happily keeps Marcus company, even on cold pre-dawn winter mornings!). Zoe is a veterinary nurse, so they often have to share their home with recuperating wildlife in various states of need!
Marcus has worked in business since leaving college in 1992, Since 2015, Marcus has been employed at Eddington’s, where initially he managed the business with key national retailers such as John Lewis, Waitrose and Lakeland, before moving on to manage the field-based sales team. He now spends a lot of time leading client-facing activities and making sure the business runs smoothly and continues to grow in this challenging climate.
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Russell is former editor of the Hampshire Bird Report and chair of the Seabird Group of UK and Ireland. He has previous experience of designing and delivering ambitious wildlife surveys and 'citizen science' programmes, including the SeaWatch SW programme from 2007-11 that generated 5000 hours of marine wildlife data. Russell has published over 30 scientific papers on UK wildlife and conservation in scientific journals, including New Forest studies on Firecrest. He has also undertaken survey work on endangered species such as Balearic Shearwater and Nightjar for UK government agencies and conservation bodies.
Russell has a long track record of finding nationally rare and scarce species, including two new bird species for Hampshire within the New Forest (Stilt Sandpiper and Rustic Bunting), and received national media coverage by obtaining the first-ever photos of Blue Whale in English waters. In addition to Wild New Forest activities, Russell is an experienced hill-walker, runner and cyclist, and competes in local races for New Forest Runners and New Forest Cycling Club. He can often be seen roaming the New Forest with his young son Finlay in tow!
Prior to moving to Wild New Forest on a full-time basis, Russell enjoyed a successful 20-year career as a marine scientist based at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, culminating in two years as NOC Associate Director for Government, International and Public Engagement. He retains Senior Visiting Fellow status at the NOC, and is also Honorary Professor of Ocean and Earth Science at University of Southampton.
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Russell and Marcus are both members of conservation organisations that are active in and around the New Forest, including the New Forest Association, Hampshire Ornithological Society, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, British Trust for Ornithology, and the Seabird Group of UK and Ireland. They are committed to minimising their environmental footprint when undertaking Wild New Forest activities, and in 2020 are looking to ensure that more than 50% of their total 'distance travelled' during fieldwork is achieved without a car.