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Remember, remember... to build and burn on bonfire night

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Hedgehogs are now looking for a ‘safe’ place to see out the winter months, and an enticing pile of garden debris may be just what they’re looking for. Nasty accidents can be easily avoided by building a bonfire as you burn. Simply moving bonfire material from one pile to another fresh burn pile will ensure our prickly friends are spared a most gruesome fate.

If you're lucky enough to find a hedgehog in your garden this weekend, please record it on our new and improved hedgehog map . Alongside sightings of hedgehogs, the map will now record nest sites and boxes, access points in your garden (otherwise known as hedgehog highways), and hedgehog-friendly gardens. The more information the Trust can gather about how hedgehogs are using gardens and neighbourhoods, the better it can understand what the animals need to survive and thrive.

Although it will soon quieten down for hedgehogs, the Trust's work for the species will continue throughout the winter. Hedgehog officer Ali North will analyse summer survey results and feed these into her work plan for the season ahead. She will be looking to find out more about hedgehogs in Ipswich specifically and choosing new neighbourhoods and green spaces to carry out research. Save the date for a free information evening hosted by Ali in the Greyhound pub in Ipswich on Wednesday 7 February from 6pm. Full details on the What's On pages.

Please also think of the organisations that take in and care for sick and injured hedgehogs over the winter months. They are exceptionally busy this time of year, and appreciate any help you can give – be it time or money. You may like to visit Suffolk Prickles to find out more.

 

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