I thought it would be helpful to explain a little more about the background to APW. My name is John Biglin. During my time in Suffolk in the mid 1980’s I set up and ran an urban nature conservation project. It was one of the first in the country. It provided work and training for the long term unemployed. A socially worthwhile aim combined with a strong remit to improve the local environment for people and wildlife.
In the late 1980’s I moved away to work in other parts of the country. Moving around the country working in various roles. In 2011, I returned to Suffolk, and started developing the APW consultancy. I wanted to use and and share the experience I had gained after a varied career primarily in the environmental field. I felt it was important to put something back into the sector that continues to be both my career and interest.
Anglian Parks and Wildlife is best thought of as a wrapper for all my activities that are not directly for an employer. I continue to work directly for employers. Usually on short term contracts and part time. In between contracts I have been able to pursue my interests and widen the range of activities that are within the APW umbrella. As an example, over the last few years I have been developing as a semi-professional photographer. I supply various microstock agencies. This has seen my photography skills improve enormously. Sometimes I am embarrassed by some of my early work.
I have a number of new projects I am working on to refresh APW and to keep moving forward with new challenges. A good example of this is my intention to create a podcast. I’m not new to broadcasting. I developed the skills during the time I was doing radio shows and now really want to do that again and podcasts seem to be an ideal way forward