Check your bonfire this weekend for hiding critters

Secret World Wildlife Rescue is urging people to check their bonfire stacks before lighting them. Pi

Secret World Wildlife Rescue is urging people to check their bonfire stacks before lighting them. Picture: Secret World Wildlife Rescue - Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

A Somerset animal rescue charity is encouraging people to look before lighting the bonfire this year.

Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill, is urging people to think about any wildlife which could be lurking in the heaps of wood and debris.

Bonfires will be lit around the district over the weekend but hedgehogs, dormice and other critters could be sheltering from the cold in the stacked wood, hay and leaves.

Head of external relations, Samantha Hannay, said: “We are asking members of the public to take two minutes before lighting a bonfire to make sure no animals have tucked themselves in for the night.

“We are fantastic at keeping our loved ones safe, but we must never forget about the little wild animals which are vulnerable at this time of year.


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