Mike Madders (1957-2009)

Published on 01 March 2010 in Obituaries

Mike Madders was a professional ornitholo- gist, best known for his work on the likely impact of wind-power development on upland birds in Scotland. He is more popu- larly known for the many books he authored and published.

Mike was born in Leicester on 12th July 1957 and first worked with birds in 1978, vol- unteering to guard nesting Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus and Golden Eagles Aquila chrysaetos in Cumbria (his day job at the time was that of postmaster, then the youngest in Britain). While in Cumbria, Mike also set up a popular Young Ornithologists’ Club group and wrote Bird Watching in the Lake District, published in 1985 and llustrated by Philip Snow.