GOING WILD IN WINTER: The bio diversity of Blaenau Gwent photographic competition 2008 is entitled Winter Wildlife and Habitats, and is open to the public.

Organised by Blaenau Gwent Biodiversity Partnership, with support from Blaenau Gwent county borough council and the Countryside Council for Wales, to celebrate our amazing wildlife resource.

The competition has been running successfully for over five years and Blaenau Gwent is the only council in the whole of Wales that helps organise such a competition.

The winning photograph will be featured on the official Christmas Greeting from the Chief Executive of Blaenau Gwent county borough council.

The closing date is Friday, October 17, 2008, but entries can be sent in anytime before this date.

It is suggested that your own back garden is a great place to photograph wildlife.

For further information, contact the council's ecologist Deb Beesan, on 01495 355702.

"It may be cold outside, but winter is one of the best times to photograph Wildlife. Therefore, start snapping now, don't miss the chance for your photograph to grace the official Christmas greeting from the Chief Executive of Blaenau Gwent county borough council.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Public meeting January 23, 2008, 6.30pm, at Bedwellty House, Tredegar. Blaenau Gwent executives and officers holding the public meeting called Connect to Listen'.

All welcome. Come and discuss and raise any issues about the community you want.