Hedgehogs and Bonfires

By Bernie Bell

This is just a reminder, before the 5th of November, about checking your bonfire for hedgehogs.

What we see as a potential bonfire, they see as potentially a good place to hibernate.  Then when you light the bonfire, the hedgehog won’t run like hell to get out of it – the hedgehog’s natural response is to curl up in a ball and stay put.

A bit like some folk do when they don’t like what’s happening around them!

Hugh Warwick has written a good piece about this issue…..  https://www.change.org/p/help-save-britain-s-hedgehogs-with-hedgehog-highways/u/29790121?cs_tk=Apa3oRxdvLeBMvnniGEAAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvEDoX1a3xfbvKxraFignoHg%3D&utm_campaign=57b6cfeefb764c7981d98b39542df89b&utm_content=initial_v0_5_0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs

For November the 5th – THINK HEDGEHOG!

Image credit Fiona Driver

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  1. When I asked Fiona-As-Was-Next-Door if it was OK to use her photo for this piece, she replied…..

    “Yes that’s fine………I do like a fire – I’ve bought one of those metal dustbin things with holes! No hedgehogs!”

    What a great idea! Folk can have their festive fires, but the wee beasties won’t have been able to get into the container. It’s safer all round, and everybody’s happy!

    This led on to the fireworks question as I replied, thus….

    “I like a fire too – many good memories of having fires at this time of year to burn the garden rubbish. Lovely smells and sparks flying up. It’s the “Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot” bit that I don’t get. I don’t see how it’s relevant to life in Britain today.
    And…the fireworks scaring the bejaysus out of animals. That’s worth folk giving some thought to, too – and I’m very, very much agin’ that.
    Maybe time to let it all go.”

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