Guy Fawkes Day and bonfires lead to warning about sleeping hedgehogs

In celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, UK residents light up bonfires.

But officials have sent out warnings asking people to look for sleeping hedgehogs who may have been seeking a warm place to sleep and may accidentally get set on fire in their nests.

Apparently, hundreds of hedgehogs die accidentally due to bonfire deaths.

Some suggestions:

  • Build the bonfire as close to the night as possible so there’s less chance of a hedgehog moving in.
  • Make your pile of material next to the bonfire site and re-build the stack before lighting it.
  • Search the bonfire for hibernating creatures using a torch and rake before starting the fire.
  • Move any hedgehogs found to a ready-made hedgehog box or somewhere dry and safe away from the fire.

Before bonfire night make an alternative hedgehog home by raking up grass cuttings or autumn leaves into a pile a safe distance from the fire.

Hopefully sleepy hogs will choose to snooze there instead of the bonfire.

Hedgehogs are great friends to gardeners and a natural pest-killer. However, their numbers are in decline and accidentally setting them alight won’t help.

After bonfire night is over, homeowners can create a hedgehog haven in their garden with leafy, twiggy places for hibernation and small piles of logs or leaves.

Photo credit: Calder Vets 

 

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