Keep Hedgehogs Safe this Bonfire Night
- Building your bonfire
Create your bonfire on the day that you will be using it - this will prevent little animals from setting up camp. Choose a spot with lots of space, avoiding piles of leaves and grass, as this is where hedgehogs may be hiding.
- Checking your bonfire
Check that there are no hidden creatures in your bonfire once you have built it. Always do one more check before you light it.
- Lighting your bonfire
Light your bonfire from one side, to give any hidden hedgehogs time to escape.
- Create an escape route
Create a small hole in your fence so that hedgehogs can retreat to less smoky areas.
Put out fresh water in a shallow bowl, so thirsty hedgehogs can have a drink. Don’t be tempted to feed them milk as they are lactose intolerant.
Put out tinned dog or cat food for hedgehogs to nibble on and keep up their strength.
- Finding a hedgehog
If you do find a distressed hedgehog, put on a pair of garden gloves and transfer the hedgehog to a shoebox with leaves or grass inside. Make sure there are air holes in the top of the box before fastening it shut. Put the box in a quiet place, such as a garden shed. Once the festivities are over, release the hedgehog into a bush or grassy area.
Following these simple tricks can keep your garden a hedgehog friendly zone this winter.