Well, in 1995 I set up the Ashton Vale Wild Life Group and in 1997 the Ashron Vale Wild Life Group Newsletter was published looking at local wildlife as well as reports of non-native cats (pumas and also wolverine in Wales in this case -specifically the "Beast of Llangurig".
No. 2 looked at wildlife in Ashton Vale which, not surprisingly,no one had studied in the 70 years of the estate! There was also a look at my on-going survey of the area. After all,on my first night I had a pair of barn owls fly low over me while in the garden and a little later saw a pair of foxes walking up the road -not to mention the biggest hedgehog I ever saw.
But then I was asked to act as a wildlife consultant/naturalist for the proposed Yanley Park-a rubbish dump that was to become a park area and landscaped for the community. To say I got VERY negative reactions when this was mentioned is understating things -even threats (yeah,good luck with that!).
To put this into perspective: this was a rubbish dump that had existed for many years and was going to be turned into a wildlife friendly park for the area -benches and even play area for kids and the company involved and council thought "There is a naturalistliving and working there -we can't go wrong!"
Suddenly no one was interested in wildlife any more. The landscaped park was dumped as an idea because of local hostility -a simply covered over tip is okay but landscaped local park is out of the question?
So I carried on my work privately. In 2000 I published Felids: Wild Cats, Ferals & Hybrids as an Exotic Animals Register (f 1977)-VWLG publication. Wide circulation -even to museums in Europe and led to interesting feed-back from wild cat researchers there.
But as all the publications were free I made no money on this, nor the newsletter -all printed on my old desktop Canon FC220 copier (toner cartridges were costing £50 a time!).
So,I still write and advise and one day I WILL get around to an old planned book -At Home With Wild Nature. Who knows!
But here are the covers to those publications!