Stay safe on bonfire night
- Our best advice is to move the bonfire material before lighting – you should not light a pile of wood if it has been standing in the garden for weeks as animals like mice, shrews and hedgehogs may have moved in. If the pile has only just been put together in the last few days it should be OK
Don’t burn it all!! Leave some dead wood and old leaves as habitat piles for wildlife.
Make sure the bonfire is out, or safe, before you leave it – a large bonfire will produce a pile of ash that could be hot for days afterwards – this is dangerous for wildlife and people too.
Clear up afterwards – don’t leave dead fireworks and litter lying around. Things like cans and bottles can trap small mammals or get stuck on noses etc. causing suffering.
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