Protect sleeping hedgehogs on bonfire night

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ORGANISERS of bonfire night events are being asked to take stops to avoid harming hedgehogs this bonfire night.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society says the creatures sleep under stacks of wood that are collected for bonfires, and then are accidentally burned alive when the fires are lit.

The charity recommends moving the entire bonfire before lighting it to ensure no hedgehogs are trapped inside.

If that’s not possible, broom handles should be used to lift the pile from its base to check.

Torches should be shone in to look for the sleeping animals, and it’s also wise to listen carefully for signs of life.

For more information, visit www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk.