Tips to keep hedgehogs safe during bonfire season

Residents are being asked to remember to keep an eye out for hedgehogs this November 5 and make their bonfires as safe as possible.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 11:10 am

Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Sidlesham is currently caring for its seasonal influx of prickly patients, which may not survive their winter hibernation without the charity’s help.

Asha Park, fundraising manager, said: “Hedgehogs become very vulnerable during the coming weeks as they try to gain weight and search for a suitable hibernation site.

“Bonfire structures or leaf litter piles provide ideal hibernacula habitats for sleeping hedgehogs.

Brent Lodge could treat hundreds of hedgehogs over the coming weeks

“We are desperately urging people to please be more aware of hedgehogs before lighting any community or at-home bonfires.”

Anyone planning a bonfire is urged to not construct it until the day, or to surround it with chicken wire, not net, if it needs to be built beforehand.

Before lighting the bonfire people are asked to check thoroughly for any signs of sleeping hedgehogs by lifting the edges up with a broom handle and shining a torch.

Brent Lodge cared for more than 2,000 casualties over its busiest summer season yet – and all without its usual team of volunteers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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