Trust has today appealed to everyone who is going to celebrate Bonfire Night to take steps
to safeguard hedgehogs. There is a danger that hedgehogs may have taken up home in
bonfires that have been piled up in advance for setting alight on 5 November. Sadly they
could be roasted alive unless people cheek their fires first.
Andrew Thompson. the Trust's Conservation Manager, said:
"Hedgehogs find piles of branches and leaves very attractive as potential homes
for their winter hibernation. It is very important that any bonfires are checked before
they are set alight. Ideally bonfire material should be moved a few hours before it is set
"If anyone does find a hedgehog it is best to put it in some dry leaves, or other
bedding, in a safe place such as under a garden shed."
If anyone would like more advice or would like to support the Trust's work to safeguard
wildlife they can write to the Trust or visit our Visitor Centre at Brandon Marsh Nature
Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW. Telephone 01203 - 302912