|Avoid chargrilled wildlife this bonfire season|
Admit it; you were planning to make a bit of money on the side at your bonfire party by selling BBQ’d garden animals weren’t you?
Well, now I have given the game away you will need to convince your neighbours that you are not the cute-animal-murdering type by making it very obvious you are taking these basic steps to protect any hibernating amphibians or mammals from a fiery end:
- Set up your bonfire as close to the night you are going to burn it as possible.
- If this is not practical, move the woodpile before you set fire to it or search it really well for animals. Check the middle of the pile furthest from potential frost. Move any animals you find somewhere out of the way.
- Create permanent hibernating areas for animals that you are not going to burn! They will promise to eat slugs for you in the spring. Look at the Froglife website here for ideas on logs piles, toad abodes, compost heaps and hibernacula.
- Alternatively, download the brilliant “Just Add Water” pamphlet here for some more ideas.