Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, an outspoken conservationist, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a widely published wildlife photographer, a best-selling author, a wildlife tour operator and leader, and a magazine columnist.
TV: Mark co-presented the popular six-part BBC2 television series Last Chance to See, with Stephen Fry, in which the unlikely duo travelled the world in search of endangered species (following in the footsteps of a similar journey Mark made with Douglas Adams 20 years before). He also co-presented the six-part series Museum of Life (BBC2, spring 2010), Last Chance to See: Return of the Rhino (BBC2, October 2010) and The Great American Oil Spill (BBC2, November 2010). He has narrated a variety of films, including When Britain Went Wild (BBC4, October 2010), which was a documentary about the growth of environmental awareness in the 60s.
RADIO: For many years, Mark presented the weekly half-hour BBC Radio 4 programme Nature, and he has presented dozens of other Radio 4 two-, three- and four-part series on a wide variety of subjects. He also provided the daily Environment News bulletin for Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 1.
Mark has written more than 50 books on a variety of wildlife, travel and conservation subjects. These include several bestsellers – among them, the original Last Chance to See, with Douglas Adams, and the field guide Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, which is one of the bestselling natural history books of all time. Between them, they have been published in more than 25 languages – including French, Italian, German, Icelandic, Hungarian, Serbian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean – and sold millions of copies worldwide.
His most recent book - Mark Carwardine's Guide to Whalewatching in Britain and Europe - was published by Bloomsbury in February 2016.
He is Contributing Editor of Wanderlust magazine, for which he wrote a monthly column for years, and he wrote a provocative monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine from January 2004 to October 2015, and began an informative new one in April 2016 (click here to read them). He is also on the Advisory Board of BBC Wildlife magazine.
He also writes travel features for several national newspapers and for 20 years was Advisory Editor of The Good Book Guide.
Mark was Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, jointly owned by BBC Wildlife magazine and the Natural History Museum, for seven years (2005-2011).
His own extensive collection of wildlife and conservation photographs, taken in more than 100 countries, is sold through this site and picture agencies including Getty Images, Nature Picture Library and Ardea.
Mark was selected as one of the world's 40 most influential nature photographers in Outdoor Photography magazine (click here to see the feature) and was one of 58 European nature photographers chosen in 2008 to contribute to Wild Wonders of Europe. And he wrote the monthly four-page Photo Masterclass in BBC Wildlife magazine, which ran for two years.
To browse Mark's photo galleries, read his Photo Masterclasses and other features, check out the gear he uses, click here.
Mark also runs hugely popular wildlife photography one-day workshops - click here if you wish to be kept informed as to when the next workshops will be.
Mark has co-founded several wildlife-tour companies over the years, including Wild Oceans, Discover the World and Ocean Wanderers. He now leads the occasional wildlife or wildlife-photography holidays, which are hugely popular.
He will be leading a few exciting trips over the next couple of years to places such as Svalbard, Southeast Alaska and Baja California, Mexico.
Mark worked for several international conservation organisations in the 1980s (in the UK, Switzerland and Kenya) and now advises many on a consultancy basis. He spends a lot of time voluntarily raising funds and awareness for conservation and holds official positions in several charities, as follows.
Mark also supports shark and marine conservation charities Bite-Back and The Shark Trust, as well as Fauna & Flora International, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, which protects the precious coastal forests of British Columbia
For other charities that Mark supports, click here.
Mark also came second in a Conservation Hero poll
(BBC Wildlife magazine, April 2013).
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