Look out for Hedgehogs this bonfire night

Look out for Hedgehogs this bonfire night

Look out for Hedgehogs this bonfire night.

We all love bonfire night however, this can be a dangerous time for hedgehogs. Here are a few tips to help protect them this year

• If possible, build your bonfire on the day you are going to light it.

• If you are collecting materials before the day, store them away from the fire site and move on the day you will light the fire.

• Always build your bonfire on clear open ground. Don’t start on top of an existing pile of leaves as hedgehogs maybe underneath

• Give your bonfire one final check. Hedgehogs will only be in the bottom 2ft so gently lift with a pole or brush handle.

• If you do find a hedgehog, try to take some of the nest with it and place in a large box filled with paper and towels. Make some air holes in the lid and make sure the lid is secured as hedgehogs are good climbers.

• Place the box in a safe place such as a shed or garage then release the hedgehog under a hedge or large bush once the fire has finished.

• Always wear gloves when handling.

Posted 1st Nov 9:46am

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