Martin Harper

Martin Harper has 25 years’ experience of conservation leadership.

He is currently BirdLife International’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia supporting the work of BirdLife partners in 43 countries.

He joined BirdLife in 2021 having spent the previous decade as Conservation Director for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) – BirdLife’s UK partner. He has also worked for Plantlife International and Wildlife and Countryside Link.
He was educated at Oxford University and University College London and undertook research in the Comores and Mongolia.

He has served on many not-for-profit boards and is currently an advisor to the recently launched Real Wild Estates Company – the UK’s first ecosystem and species restoration business offering sustainable financial returns.

He wrote a blog for the RSPB nearly a decade and has recently started writing a monthly BirdLife blog on the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration.

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