The new book from Keith Wallis is based on his photographs and poems regarding the Houghton Regis chalk quarry wild life reservation. Designated as an SSSI this is a former chalk quarry which supplied the cement works - a major employer in the locality from the 1890's to 1971. Whilst there is some reference to its former life, this collection is largely inspired by its new role as a nature reserve. When the industry ceased in 1971 it left a number of 'Marl' lakes, one of which is the deepest chalk marl in the UK. The reserve is administered by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire and is at a very early stage of its development as a wildlife reserve. The aptly named Rebecca Pitman is a 'Reserves Officer Chalk Grasslands Bedfordshire' and is the lead person locally.