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Enjoy Bonfire Night and save a hedgehog

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is asking people to look out for hiding hedgehogs before they light bonfires.

In Autumn hedgehogs begin to look for places to hibernate and unlit bonfires make an ideal refuge. Hedgehog numbers are in decline and have joined the red squirrel and bottlenose dolphin on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan list of species in need of conservation and greater protection.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society asking people to take a couple of steps before they light their bonfires this year:

  • If possible, move your pile of wood to another part of the garden on the day of your bonfire.
  • If you can't do this, use a broom handle to push to one side the base of the pile then use a torch to look and listen for signs of hedgehogs.

For information about The British Hedgehog Preservation Society visit

Published 30 October 2012

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