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 and subsequently continued 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 personal interest.
Anglian Parks and Wildlife is best thought of as a wrapper for all my activities I do when I am not working directly for an employer. I usually work on short term part time contracts. In between contracts and on days when I am not directly working I have been able to widen the range of activities that are within the overall APW umbrella.
As an example, over the last few years I have been developing as a semi-professional photographer supplying various microstock agencies.
During the time of the Covid pandemic when most of my work declined I have been reviewing the services I offer. As a result I have significantly reduced my activities and focussed on my core activity of adult environmental education and photography.
I have a number of new projects I am working on to refresh APW and to keep moving forward with new challenges. I am intending to develop a podcast. I’m not new to broadcasting having developed the skills during the time I was doing radio shows and now really want to do that again. Podcasting seems to be an ideal way forward.