Bonfire Night – watch what you burn …

It’s bonfire night. If you are holding a bonfire evening, then please check for hedgehogs who love nothing more than to hibernate in what are cosy homes (to them).

Kenilworth Books (photo courtesy of them) says:

Please, PLEASE check your bonfire for hedgehogs before you light it! Or better still, only build it on the day. To lots of small animals a nice cosy pile of logs and dry twigs looks like a safe home.

The Environment Agency is also asking people who are planning on having a bonfire to be careful about what is being burned and to keep it secure before burning. You are not meant to throw any old unwanted waste on it.

The burning of most type of waste is illegal as it causes pollution which can harm your own health as well as your family, friends and neighbours and can carry a fine of up to £50,000.

Sam Pickard of the Environment Agency said:

Bonfires are not to be used for a seasonal clear-out of your rubbish. It is not an excuse to get rid of difficult to dispose of rubbish by burning it yourself or asking others to do it for you.

We want to encourage people to make sure they dispose of their waste legally and safely at their recycling centre or through their doorstep collections. And if you are responsible for a bonfire, when you are doing your checks for wildlife also look to see if anyone has added rubbish to your bonfire.

PC Martin Beck, Rural Affairs Officer with Devon & Cornwall Police, said:

We work closely with our partner agencies to keep our communities and environment safe and we need the public’s help, support and co-operation to do this.

We want everyone to have a fun and safe bonfire night and fully support the message that the Environment Agency is sharing.

Anyone seeing suspicious activities should contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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