A PLEA has gone out for people to check their bonfires ahead of the weekend celebrations for Bonfire Night.
Dawn Kane, who runs a hedgehog rescue centre at her Thurston home is asking people to check that hedgehogs are not hibernating beneath bonfires.
Mrs Kane, who takes in rescued hedgehogs, said people should always check bonfires in the autumn and, if possible, move them as they check to avoid missing the creatures.
She said people could help hedgehogs by leaving a shallow dish of water outside and if they put out food, to use chicken-based cat or dog food but not bread and milk.
The nocturnal mammals are under threat – from roadkill, slug pellets and the loss of hedgerows.
If you find a hedgehog during the day it is probably distressed and should be taken to a local vet or people can contact Alec Suttonwood at Ipswich Wildlife Care and Rescue on 07706 229820.