Martin Garner

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Martin S. Garner is a British ornithologist and Christian evangelist. He lives in Flamborough, England. He is married to Sharon Garner and they have two teenage daughters, Emily and Abigail.[1]

Garner worked as a "Pioneer Evangelist" for the Wilson Carlile College of Evangelism, a centre for the training of Christian evangelists, run by the Church Army, an organisation within which he held the rank of Captain.[2] In February 2007, he wrote "A Call for Apostles Today" (ISBN 9781851746477), which argues that individual apostles, and groups, working in parallel with churches, are a more effective way of promoting Christianity than are churches alone.[1] He is also the director of the Free Spirit Trust, an organisation promoting Christian missionary work,[3] and jointly runs the "Great APEs" website, a website for "Apostles, Prophets and Evangelists".[4]

His ornithological writing has included articles for British Birds and Birding World magazines. He is credited with discovering the first British records of Caspian Gull, in Essex in the 1990s.[5][6] In 1997, with David Quinn and Bob Glover, Garner published a two-part paper in British Birds covering the identification of Yellow-legged and Caspian Gulls,[7] which covered the former in far greater detail than any previous published work,[citation needed] and contained the first detailed English-language descriptions of the latter.[citation needed] His first bird-related book, Frontiers in Birding (ISBN 9781898110477), was published by BirdGuides Ltd. in 2008.[8] He is a member of the British Birds Rarities Committee.[9]


  1. ^ a b Grove Books profile of Martin Garner (accessed 22 June 2008)
  2. ^ Martin Garner's Church Army people directory entry (accessed 22 June 2008)
  3. ^ Free Spirit Trust website (accessed 22 June 2008)
  4. ^ Great APES website (accessed 22 June 2008)
  5. ^ Rogers, M. J. and the Rarities Committee (2003) Report on rare birds in Great Britain in 2002 British Birds 96(11): 542-609 (section on Caspian Gulls is on pages 575-8)
  6. ^ What is a Caspian Gull?, Dick Newell, 17 January 2003, Birdguides (accessed 17 August 2008)
  7. ^ Garner, Martin, illustrated by David Quinn (1997) Identification of Yellow-legged Gulls in Britain British Birds 90(1) 25-62; Garner, Martin, David Quinn and Bob Glover (1997) Identification of Yellow-legged Gulls in Britain, part 2 British Birds 90(9): 369-83
  8. ^ BirdGuides page describing Frontiers in Birding (accessed 22 June 2008)
  9. ^ Dean, Alan R. (2007) The British Birds Rarities Committee: a review of its history, publications and procedures British Birds 100(3): 149-176