Please don’t turn your bonfire party into a hog roast

Remember, remember to check your unlit bonfire for hedgehogs.

At this time of year, a pile of leaves and twigs may be the start of a bonfire to us, but hedgehogs view them as an ideal place to hibernate. They like nothing better than finding somewhere warm to sleep – such as a heap of leaves.

So if you are planning a bonfire party in your garden please check your unlit bonfire for hedgehogs. And if you do discover one, gently place it in a pile of leaves in a quiet spot, under a bush or hedge.

Photograph: c. Gillian Day.

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