Bonfires, and wildlife photos

The following paragraphs are due to appear in the next Westfield Community Association newsletter, which will be circulated after bonfire night, so we thought a reminder now about Hedgehogs using wood piles meant for burning would be useful!
As many ‘Westfield Wildlife’ followers will know, Hedgehogs have become a rare sighting these days. We are therefore asking all residents in the parish if they are having a bonfire at this time of year to check before lighting them to ensure no Hedgehogs have decided to hibernate underneath. Also if you see a Hedgehog, dead or alive, please inform ‘Westfield Wildlife’ by visiting the website.  
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Also, we have noticed amongst all the lovely photos submitted to ‘Westfield Wildlife’, very few are of wildflowers and we wonder if there is a reason for this. Perhaps it is because people tend to think of wildlife mainly as mammals, birds and insects etc, whereas anything and everything growing or living wild actually counts as wildlife, including many trees and even the weeds in your garden!  
Field Bindweed - beautiful, but not so welcome in the garden! RH, 24 Aug 2014

Field Bindweed – beautiful, but not so welcome in the garden! RH 24Aug2014

If you have taken any photos of wildflowers you are proud of, or fungi now that autumn is here, then ‘Westfield Wildlife’ would be a good place to share them with others!  Wildflowers can be a lot easier to photograph than animals because they don’t run off or fly away! So even if you don’t know the name of the plant or toadstool why not give it a go? We can always try and help with identification.

Dave — Ralph
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    WESTFIELD WILDLIFE has been created for Westfield residents and visitors to submit news and photos of any wildlife observed in the Parish. We also aim to post our own sightings and topical wildlife news as often as time allows.

    WESTFIELD PARISH lies just to the north of the coastal town of HASTINGS in E. Sussex (south east UK), and a MAP of the area covered by the Parish is here http://www.westfieldvillage.co.uk/maps

    To REPORT A SIGHTING, with or without photo, click on the tab 'Post your sighting' just below the Westfield Wildlife banner to see how.

    To COMMENT on an existing posting, or to read others' comments, just click on 'LEAVE A COMMENT' or 'COMMENT(S)' below that post. Clicking on a post title will also reveal the comments box below the text, as well as any existing comments.

    To return to the latest postings at any time, just click on the Westfield Wildlife banner at the top of the page. And remember - nearly all PHOTOS can be clicked on to enlarge.

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