About Mark

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 has appeared on a great many TV programmes over the years, narrated a variety of films, and co-presented two major series:

Mark with Douglas Adams in Robinson Crusoe’s cave on the Juan Fernandez Islands, >during the first Last Chance to See

Mark with Douglas Adams
in Robinson Crusoe’s cave on the Juan Fernandez Islands,
during the first Last Chance to See

Primate time, with Stephen Fry and brown lemurs, in Madagascar

Primate time, with Stephen Fry
and brown lemurs, in Madagascar

Last Chance to See (BBC2, 2009) Mark presented this popular six-part BBC-TV series with actor and comedian Stephen Fry, in which the unlikely duo travelled the world in search of a motley collection of endangered species (following in the footsteps of a similar journey Mark made with Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 20 years earlier). Mark and Stephen have also presented several other tv programmes together, about wildlife and conservation.

Museum of Life team: (left to right) Liz Bonnin, Kate Bellinghham, Jimmy Doherty, Mark and Chris van Tulleken

Museum of Life team: (left to right) Liz Bonnin,
Kate Bellinghham, Jimmy Doherty, Mark
and Chris van Tulleken

Museum of Life (BBC2, 2010) Mark co-presented this six-part BBC-TV series, delving behind the scenes at London’s Natural History Museum, to explore its pioneering and often surprising research work and wildlife collections. The Museum granted BBC cameras unprecedented access and they filmed museum projects elsewhere in the UK and all over the world.

Mark on BBC Radio 4 – notice his grandfather’s
Anglepoise lamp (see 'Fascinating Fact'
at bottom of page) being put to good use…

RADIO

For many years, Mark presented the weekly half-hour programme Nature on BBC Radio 4. He has also presented dozens of other two-, three- and four-part series on BBC Radio 4 on a wide variety of wildlife, travel and conservation subjects – everything from whale-watching to the Moon. And he provided the daily Environment News bulletin for Steve Wright in the Afternoon, on BBC Radio 1.

BOOKS

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 and Korean – and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Every time he has finished writing a new book he swears that he will never, ever, ever write another one ever again. His most recent, Mark Carwardine’s Guide to Whale Watching in North America, is published by Bloomsbury, to accompany Mark Carwardine's Guide to Whalewatching in Britain and Europe, published last year. His final book – or so he claims – will be the most comprehensive and up-to-date field guide to the world’s cetaceans, due out next year.

WRITING FOR MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS

Mark is on the Advisory Board of BBC Wildlife magazine and has been writing a monthly conservation column in the magazine since January 2004 (click here to read them). He is also Contributing Editor of Wanderlust magazine, for which he wrote a monthly column for years. He writes travel features for the Telegraph, and other national newspapers, and for 20 years was Advisory Editor of The Good Book Guide.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Mark Carwardine dumped on the ice for a bowhead whale shoot…

Dumped on the ice for a bowhead whale shoot…
what now?

>Mark hosting Wild Photos at the Royal Geographical Society, in London

Mark hosting Wild Photos at the
Royal Geographical Society, in London

Mark was Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, for seven years (2005-2011).

He was selected as one of The World's 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers in Outdoor Photography magazine and was one of 58 European nature photographers chosen in 2008 to contribute to Wild Wonders of Europe.

Mark’s own extensive collection of wildlife and conservation photographs, taken in more than 100 countries, is sold from this site and through picture agencies including Getty Images, Minden Pictures and Nature Picture Library.

He wrote the monthly four-page Photo Masterclass in BBC Wildlife magazine, which ran for two years.

Mark with his specially chartered Boeing 737
for an expedition cruise around Baffin Island

WILDLIFE TOURS

Mark co-founded several wildlife-tour companies over the years, including Wild Oceans, Discover the World and Ocean Wanderers.

He now runs his own wildlife and photography tours to Baja California, the Arctic and the Antarctic, and other parts of the world.





CONSERVATION

Mark on anti-poaching patrol for tigers in Siberia

Mark worked for several international conservation organisations (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 a number of wildlife charities).

He also came second in a Conservation Hero poll (BBC Wildlife magazine, April 2013).



LOOKING SILLY

In his spare time, Mark specialises in being shown up by endangered species.

First, he was shagged on air by Sirocco the kakapo (a rare nocturnal parrot in New Zealand); the TV clip below, from Last Chance to See, has had tens of millions of hits on YouTube so far.

More recently, while reporting for the BBC’s Big Blue Live, he was surprised by a blue whale surfacing just in front of his boat, after complaining on camera that there were none to be seen…

FASCINATING FACT

Mark’s grandfather, George Carwardine, was a designer who invented the Anglepoise lamp, in 1932. It quickly became an iconic design and was used by everyone from Lloyd George to the Queen. It was even used on bombers during the Second World War – famously, when a crashed bomber was salvaged from Loch Ness in 1986, the lamp still worked, despite being submerged for about four decades. The lamp was chosen by Royal Mail to be included in a collection of stamps celebrating 10 great British designs and, best of all, The Soft Boys made a single called ‘I Want to Be an Anglepoise Lamp’.

British Design Stamp Set
ONE MORE THING

Mark’s brother and sister-in-law, Adam and Vanessa, run an eco-friendly printing and display company called Colour Studios that introduced the first recyclable displays.

©2017 Mark Carwardine

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