It makes complete sense to celebrate the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot by gathering outside in the freezing cold, watching bright explosions in the sky and setting fire to a big pile of leaves. We’re fairly sure that this is exactly what Guy Fawkes had in mind as he guarded the gunpowder filled basements of Parliament.
One of the dangers of Bonfire Night is that hedgehogs really, really like big piles of leaves. They often crawl into bonfires well before they’re lit, only to find themselves in trouble when the night comes.
So before lighting yours, lift the whole bonfire up with a broom handle and shine a torch underneath. The hedgehogs will be startled and rush back to the hedges where they belong. And you can spend a lovely guilt-free evening with your family letting off worryingly large fireworks in your back garden without any health and safety training.
And if you want to know more about how to save hedgehogs, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society have loads more ways to get involved.