My passion for wildlife was stimulated in my teenage years, mainly thanks to my Mum (a biology teacher) who made me look at the world differently and being inspired by writers such as Paul Colinvaux. This early interest developed into biological research in my 20s, when I did practical conservation work in places such as the Comores and Mongolia.
Today, any free time I have I spend pottering around the flatlands of East Anglia or escaping to our hut on the Northumberland coast looking for wildlife and castles with my wife and children.
I studied Biological Sciences at Oxford and Conservation at UCL, and worked at Wildlife and Countryside Link before spending five years as Conservation Director at Plantlife.
I joined the RSPB as Head of Government Affairs in 2004, became Head of Sustainable Development in 2006, before becoming Conservation Director in 2011.
The best response to this is to do the opposite to what Botham is calling for - people to ask for their money back - so my cheque is in the post and I'd urge all RSPB supporters to show their support for you and for RSPB by making a special donation to RSPB's brilliant work.
The best way to respond for is members is to send RSPB an extra donation to show our support. My cheque is in the post labelled 'Botham Fund' - I'd urge other members to vote with their cheque books as a concrete demonstration of our support for Martin, the RSPB and Hen Harriers - if there are any left in England, that is.
The Mail will print any old thing if they think it will shift copies.
I wish Mr Botham and his friends would forget the birds.......all of them. I'm sure that some of them would appreciate not being shot at.