John Biglin’s early years
John has had a passion for wildlife and the natural world since an early age. It was sparked in his childhood by grass snakes, insects and anything else that moved on the open spaces near his home in East Yorkshire. A degree in zoology from the University of Leeds followed. After his degree he spent nearly a year living at Spurn Point National Nature Reserve in Yorkshire following his research interests and gaining enormous amounts of field experience. His special interest is British insects. This was sparked during a field course whilst at university. He also has a thorough working knowledge of our native plants, animals and habitats.
As an experienced ecologist and land manager John Biglin has set up and run an urban wildlife project, surveyed thousands of acres of habitat, written management plans, established local nature reserves and managed almost every kind of natural open space within lowland Britain. His appointment as a parks and countryside manager adding formal parks and recreation grounds to his portfolio of land management expertise. He led a team managing over 2000 acres of varied open space on the urban fringe. He was part of Urban Green Spaces Taskforce, a government task force on urban green spaces in the early 2000s.
In summary John’s career has covered being a:
- Curator in a natural history museum
- Habitat Surveyor for a wildlife trust
- Manager of an urban nature conservation project
- Countryside Officer and Parks and Countryside Manager for a local authority
- Environmental Policy Officer for a local authority
- Recreational Planning Consultant
- Plus various short and contract roles in many sectors
He has recently been working part time as a Community Development Officer for a local authority Heritage Lottery Funded historic park restoration project.
Hobbies and interests
It is not all work for John. He is a keen supporter of the arts, a musician, photographer and keen volunteer on things as varied as the local “Britain in Bloom” group, being a Green Flag Award judge, helping at a beer festival and running historic tours in a tudor building.