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The UK’s wildlife is threatened by development, intensive farming, pollution and climate change.

That’s why we need to protect areas that are important habitats.

One such area is the local ‘wildlife corridor’, a stretch of land that links the South Downs National Park and the coast, and includes most of Westbourne (see map below).

Chichester District Council is proposing to give this special recognition, so it can be a haven where animals can move, migrate and thrive.

But you can do your bit too, with Greening Westbourne’s new campaign: Westbourne Wildlife Watch.

All you need to do is report the wildlife you see in and around the village – in your garden or in our wild spaces.

You can do this online very easily using the iRecord website or app. Or you can do it on paper at Westbourne Cafe in the Square (thanks guys).

This is important because if there’s evidence that an area is home to important species, it has a better chance of being protected.

Endangered creatures are the most crucial to report, but you can also report more common ones, as they’re also under threat. Species at risk include water voles, hazel dormice, bats, hedgehogs, many birds and insects, and most amphibians and reptiles. Species once common, like starlings and house sparrows, are now declining.

Reporting a sighting is easy and quick, and could make a huge difference.

See more information on species at risk and how to identify what you see.

We're grateful to Westbourne Parish Council and the Southern Co-operative for their support for this campaign.

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