BBC Wildlife magazine columns

Mark's column in BBC Wildlife magazine – My Way of Thinking – explores current conservation dilemmas and is as provocative and insightful as his popular Wild Thoughts, which ran between January 2004 and October 2015 (scroll down to click on any of those).

His previous monthly column for the magazine At a Glance usefully demystified some of the most important issues affecting the world's wildlife, assessing the organisations that protect it and suggesting what can be done (click on any month below between April 2016 and June 2018 to read).


BBC Wildlife - Mark Carwardine's My Way of Thinking
Spring 2024
BBC Wildlife Spring 2024

When to take governments to court

March 2024
BBC Wildlife March 2024

UN Climate Change Conference, COP28

October 2023
BBC Wildlife October 2023

The era of global boiling has arrived

September 2023
BBC Wildlife September 2023

Why are killer whales attacking boats?

August 2023
BBC Wildlife August 2023

Are UK water companies environmental criminals?

July 2023
BBC Wildlife July 2023

The future of conservation battles

June 2023
BBC Wildlife June 2023

Children culling invasive species in NZ

May 2023
BBC Wildlife May 2023

Whale-meat vending machines in Japan

April 2023
BBC Wildlife April 2023

Rising grey wolf numbers increases EU hostility

Spring 2023
BBC Wildlife Spring 2023

In praise of anti-poaching patrol units

March 2023
BBC Wildlife March 2023

All about this year's COP15

February 2023
BBC Wildlife February 2023

The worst ever outbreak of avian flu

January 2023
BBC Wildlife January 2023

Bolsonaro and the Amazon rainforest

December 2022
BBC Wildlife December 2022

Bringing species back from extinction

November 2022
BBC Wildlife November 2022

Attitudes to conserving dangerous animals

October 2022
BBC Wildlife October 2022

Hare coursing

September 2022
BBC Wildlife September 2022

Iceland and whaling

August 2022
BBC Wildlife August 2022

Massai people and conservation planning

July 2022
BBC Wildlife July 2022

Octopus farming

June 2022
BBC Wildlife June 2022

Politicians lack of wildlife understanding

April 2022
BBC Wildlife April 2022

Ban all industrial fishing on the high seas

March 2022
BBC Wildlife March 2022

Why roadblocking to protest is not the answer

February 2022
BBC Wildlife February 2022

Stop the animal cruelty in 'I'm A Celebrity'

January 2022
BBC Wildlife January 2022

Why there is no need to cull badgers

December 2021
BBC Wildlife December 2021

Cetacean slaughter in the Faroe Islands

November 2021
BBC Wildlife November 2021

Save our green belts

October 2021
BBC Wildlife October 2021

Powerful individuals who commit ecocide

September 2021
BBC Wildlife September 2021

Conservation groups and UK's biodiversity crisis

August 2021
BBC Wildlife August 2021

Conservation dilemma: hedgehogs in NZ

July 2021
BBC Wildlife July 2021

Britain's new fossil fuel projects

June 2021
BBC Wildlife June 2021

Improving attitudes to animal welfare in China?

May 2021
BBC Wildlife May 2021

The much-anticipated UK Environment Bill

April 2021
BBC Wildlife April 2021

The very real threat of an oil spill in the Red Sea

Spring 2021
BBC Wildlife Spring 2021

Jair Bolsonaro and the Amazon rainforest

March 2021
BBC Wildlife March 2021

Rewilding badly needs help from conservationists

February 2021
BBC Wildlife February 2021

The ever-present threat of climate change

January 2021
BBC Wildlife January 2021

The problem of England’s polluted rivers

December 2020
BBC Wildlife December 2020

UN’s report on the tragic state of the natural world

November 2020
BBC Wildlife November 2020

Shooting at sharks in the Pacific

October 2020
BBC Wildlife October 2020

Why dams are a disaster for wildlife

September 2020
BBC Wildlife September 2020

The US's assault on environmental legislation

August 2020
BBC Wildlife August 2020

Has Iceland stopped whaling?

July 2020
BBC Wildlife July 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on wildlife

June 2020
BBC Wildlife June 2020

It's time to close live animal markets

May 2020
BBC Wildlife May 2020

Paying farmers to protect wildlife, not to own land

Spring 2020
BBC Wildlife Spring 2020

Should cormorants be culled in the UK?

April 2020
BBC Wildlife April 2020

How reliable are headline-grabbing statistics?

March 2020
BBC Wildlife March 2020

Sky lanterns and the problems they cause

February 2020
BBC Wildlife February 2020

The problems of population growth

January 2020
BBC Wildlife January 2020

The controversy of the badger cull

December 2019
BBC Wildlife December 2019

The sharp decline in global biodiversity

November 2019
BBC Wildlife November 2019

Wolf-culling plans in British Columbia

October 2019
BBC Wildlife October 2019

Catastrophic changes to Endangered Species Act

September 2019
BBC Wildlife September 2019

The financial world’s influence on climate

August 2019
BBC Wildlife August 2019

Should we save near-extinct species?

July 2019
BBC Wildlife July 2019

UN report on nature’s dangerous decline

June 2019
BBC Wildlife June 2019

The billions being raised to save Notre Dame

May 2019
BBC Wildlife May 2019

Why conservation groups should co-ordinate

Spring 2019
BBC Wildlife Spring 2019

Impact of global warming on oceans and whales

April 2019
BBC Wildlife April 2019

US conservationists' fight of their lives

March 2019
BBC Wildlife March 2019

Japan leaving the IWC

February 2019
BBC Wildlife February 2019

The 28th annual 'Ig-noble' awards

January 2019
BBC Wildlife January 2019

Killing species for conservation

December 2018
BBC Wildlife December 2018

We are losing more than we are saving

November 2018
BBC Wildlife November 2018

The Shifting Baseline Syndrome

October 2018
BBC Wildlife October 2018

Conservation is not at all expensive

September 2018
BBC Wildlife September 2018

Personalising conservation

August 2018
BBC Wildlife August 2018

Leaving everything too late

July 2018
BBC Wildlife July 2018

Dying for the environment

BBC Wildlife - Mark Carwardine's At a Glance
June 2018
BBC Wildlife June 2018

Plastic in the Oceans

May 2018
BBC Wildlife May 2018

Whale Strandings

Spring 2018
BBC Wildlife Spring 2018


April 2018
BBC Wildlife April 2018

Law of the Sea

March 2018
BBC Wildlife March 2018

National Parks

February 2018
BBC Wildlife February 2018

Coral Bleaching

January 2018
BBC Wildlife January 2018

The Sixth Extinction

December 2017
BBC Wildlife December 2017

Rhino Poaching

November 2017
BBC Wildlife November 2017

Hotspot Conservation

October 2017
BBC Wildlife October 2017

Ivory Trade

September 2017
BBC Wildlife September 2017

US Fish & Wildlife Service

August 2017
BBC Wildlife July 2017

Shark Finning

July 2017
BBC Wildlife July 2017

Fox Hunting

June 2017
BBC Wildlife June 2017

Canned Hunting

May 2017
BBC Wildlife May 2017

Green Belt

Spring 2017
BBC Wildlife Spring 2017

Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling

April 2017
BBC Wildlife April 2017

The Wildlife &
Countryside Act

March 2017
BBC Wildlife March 2017

Fisheries Bycatch

February 2017
BBC Wildlife February 2017

Alien Species

January 2017
BBC Wildlife January 2017

Natural England

December 2016
BBC Wildlife December 2016

The Bonn Convention

October 2016
BBC Wildlife October 2016

The Antarctic Treaty

September 2016
BBC Wildlife September 2016

The Ramsar Convention

August 2016
BBC Wildlife August 2016

Red List

July 2016
BBC Wildlife July 2016

Trophy hunting

June 2016
BBC Wildlife June 2016

El Niño

May 2016
BBC Wildlife May 2016

International Whaling Commission

Spring 2016
BBC Wildlife Spring 2016

Palm Oil

April 2016
BBC Wildlife April 2016

Marine Protected Areas

Wild Thoughts


October 2015
How do we balance encouraging people to watch wildlife with protecting the very places they come to see?
September 2015
Global condemnation of the killing of Cecil the lion proves that the tide has turned against trophy hunting
August 2015
The IUCN's latest figures reveals 22,784 species of plants and animals to be threatened with extinction, which is the tip of the iceberg
July 2015
How Australia is rapidly becoming one of the least environmentally friendly countries in the world
June 2015
The Green Party's shameful lack of a clear environmental message during the General Election
May 2015
The importance of cherishing one of the most innovative bits of legislation we've ever had: our green belts
April 2015
Madagascar's wildlife and habitats are at huge risk (more than 90 per cent of its original forest is now gone), and the world needs to take notice
Spring 2015
Why did a bowhead whale – an inhabitant of the frozen north – appear off Cornwall?
March 2015
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's dilemma over shooting the barred owl to save the endangered spotted owl
February 2015
Government ministers ignore scientific advice time and again as if it's an optional extra
January 2015
How Ian Botham's attack on RSPB has nothing to do with caring for birds – it is all about hunting


December 2014
In less than 20 years, we have lost 88% of our turtle doves, 49% of our cuckoos, 43% of our nightingales, 40% of our swifts, and much more
November 2014
The perils of 'ghost fishing gear' – tonnes of lost fishing nets, lines and traps – that kills millions of animals each year
October 2014
Today's extinction rates are far worse than previously thought, not helped by how the Western world is governed
September 2014
Industries that condone the use of whales and dolphins for commercial purposes
August 2014
The first hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper is returned to its breeding grounds – only 2,444 Critically Endangered other species to go
July 2014
Scotland is home to four million seabirds, but very little is being done to protect them
June 2014
Good news to report from China – a bear-bile farmer has turned his farm into a big rescue centre
May 2014
An historic ruling by UN's highest court means that for the first time in years we can feel cautiously optimistic about the future of the world's whales
April 2014
How long can we keep endangered wildlife populations alive while we wait for attitudes in China to change?
Spring 2014
Exploring the idea of giving some species the legal right to life and liberty
February 2014
The politics of whaling in the light of the Icelandic government announcing its new whaling quotas
January 2014
The ridiculous claims made about wolf attacks and how they are demonised worldwide


December 2013
How legalising the international trade in rhino horn may cause an explosion in demand
November 2013
The UK's scandalous badger cull was fuelled by misinformation from MPS and the NFU, and an unquestioning media
October 2013
How responsible shark-diving benefits sharks, making them worth more alive than dead
September 2013
How companies jump on the eco-band-wagon for their own benefits
Summer 2013
The worrying state of UK's wildlife and how we desperately need a wildlife-friendly government
July 2013
The implications of injecting dangerous chemical cocktails into rhino horns to make them worthless to poachers
June 2013
The worrying, but understandable, levels of corruption among wildlife rangers throughout African and Asia
May 2013
President Obama's big opportunity - either to unleash a huge carbon bomb or show he is serious about cutting greenhouse emissions
April 2013
How boycotts rarely work - they didn't stop whaling in the Faroes, and they're not going to stop Japan, either
March 2013
It should be headline news, but the lion's plight is passing the world by unnoticed
February 2013
Why does the Government repeatedly ignore good scientific advice, especially to do with the Common Fisheries Policy?
January 2013
Given the uniqueness of Madagascar, why isn't more being done to save this fragile paradise?


December 2012
The horror of bear bile farming and how organisations committed to helping the bears face closure
November 2012
British politicians' shameful exclusion of cetacean conservation in their network of Marine Protected Areas
October 2012
The implications of the Law Commission's impending updated wildlife legislation
Autumn 2012
The implications of the Supreme Court in New Delhi's decision to ban tourism in the core zones of India's tiger reserves
September 2012
South Korea announces its plans to resume whaling
August 2012
Managing wildlife tourism to such a degree that it loses all sense of true wilderness
July 2012
Why it is wrong to keep whale sharks in captivity
June 2012
The importance of both pure and applied research
May 2012
How half the fish caught in the North Sea are discarded
April 2012
Why NGOs shouldn’t have to spend their limited resources propping up a government body
March 2012
Scientific evidence shows that killing badgers can increase the spread of bTB
February 2012
Great debate - the BBC's Frozen Planet and the captive polar bears
January 2012
The truth behind the tuna-fishing industry's fishing methods


December 2011
Population growth is the elephant in the room that governments choose to ignore
November 2011
How, under President Obama, the US is in the middle of one of the worst assaults on the environment in recent history
October 2011
The pointless (and cruel) Chinese fad for keyrings of mini plastic sacs of water containing live newts, turtle hatchlings or fish
Autumn 2011
The drama of an Arctic scientist, Kafkaesque government agencies, oil giants, climate-change sceptics and polar bears
September 2011
How the demand for whale meat in Iceland is generated by tourists
August 2011
Why we need to be sympathetic in our approach to the conservation of potentially dangerous animals
July 2011
Good news - there has recently been an unprecedented outcry against bear-bile farming
June 2011
What does a webcam of nesting bald eagles with 11 million viewers actually achieve?
May 2011
Palm oil plantations could be the biggest threat to the greatest number of species on the planet
April 2011
The plight of a precious population of spiny seahorses in Studland Bay, Dorset
March 2011
Sad fact - there are so few survivors of a range of endangered species that researchers know them by name
February 2011
Whaling and how we need more whale devotees in Japan, Norway and Iceland to change attitudes from within those countries
January 2011
The thylacine - “the world’s most common extinct animal” - is a classic case of only appreciating something after it has gone


December 2010
Environment ministers from 193 countries discuss in Nagoya, Japan, the world’s nature crisis and make, as usual, no progress whatsoever
November 2010
The issues surrounding the use of mammoth tusks in lieu of elephant ivory
October 2010
Mark has just returned from filming in Lousiana about the Gulf oil spill and reports how BP is covering up the true extent of the damage done
Autumn 2010
The arrogance of oil companies operating in the developing world
September 2010
The Tanzanian Government's flawed plan to build a commercial highway through the northern end of the Serengeti
August 2010
How anti-poaching patrols are the unsung heroes on the conservation frontline
July 2010
Why the Indian government must not phase out tourism in tiger reserves
May 2010
The appalling annual seal cull that still continues with Canada's blessing
April 2010
The preposterous plan to legalise whaling for the first time in 25 years
March 2010
Some species' reintroductions appear to be little more than high-profile publicity stunts
February 2010
How subtle and unpredictable many of the impacts of climate change are likely to be
January 2010
The importance of scientific research for conservation action


December 2009
Iceland should not be allowed to join the EU unless it stops whaling
November 2009
When scientists fail to click with conservationists
October 2009
The complexities of rhino conservation
September 2009
The impact of eco-tourism on wildlife hotspots
August 2009
Why shark nets do more harm than good
Summer 2009
Politicians and their ill-informed take on badgers and TB in the UK
July 2009
Mark's take on the BBC2 conservation series, Last Chance to See


August 2008
The pros and cons of being a wildlife photographer (Mark took a break for a few months to film for the BBC)
Summer 2008
UK's abuse of green issues to fill Treasury coffers
July 2008
Guerrilla Gardeners - transforming grey urban wasteland
June 2008
The shocking story of a dog left to die in the name of art
May 2008
Politics and our throwaway society
April 2008
How our senses are dulled to conservation stories
March 2008
Vaquita – the porpoise heading to extinction
February 2008
The American
public's environmental
January 2008
The exploitation
of UK Green Belts


December 2007
How the lion's decline seems to be passing the world by
November 2007
Why the West sets such a poor conservation example
October 2007
The sad demise of the Yangtze river dolphin
September 2007
Natural-history programme making
August 2007
Creationists in the USA
Summer 2007
The Environment Police hit the UK's streets
July 2007
Tiger project in Cambodia
June 2007
Bounty hunting is still rife worldwide
May 2007
The reintroduction of wolves to Britain
April 2007
Poor marine conservation in UK
March 2007
Carbon footprint debate
February 2007
ITV's TV conservation programme: Extinct
January 2007
Conservation in the UK


December 2006
Alternative Nobel Prize ideas
November 2006
The death of
Steve Irwin
October 2006
The debate on splitting species
Autumn 2006
Lack of concern for the lion's plight
September 2006
The trouble with the EU
August 2006
Most endangered species will vanish before we know they exist
July 2006
Politicians and conservation
June 2006
Our responsibilty for unnatural disasters
May 2006
British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest: saved?
April 2006
Our perception of whales and whaling
March 2006
The fish-stock crisis
February 2006
Hot air – the
climate-change debate
January 2006
Climate change and wildlife-watching
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