Remember Hedgehogs this bonfire night

The 5th of November can be a dangerous time as, before they are lit, bonfires are ideal nesting places. Hedgehogs may move into what looks like to them a nice warm log pile, thinking it’s a safe place for them.

You can avoid accidents and ensure hedgehog safety by;

  • Building the bonfire at the last minute to prevent any hedgehogs from moving in.
  • Moving the entire bonfire a few metres just before lighting
  • Putting up a fence or barrier around the bonfire beforehand- for example using old tyres or chicken wire.
  • Checking the bonfire thoroughly for hidden hedgehogs before lighting, even if the other steps have been followed- just to be on the safe side. Hedgehogs can be tricky to spot in their nests.