Many thanks to Ottery Tar Barrels Committee who have just confirmed to me that they will check the bonfire for hedgehogs before lighting it on Saturday 4 November.
There is also a fence up around it to deter wildlife from climbing into it.
Many species of wildlife are in decline very sadly, but hedgehogs have seen a spectacular dramatic drop in numbers from around 30m in the 1950s to around just one million now.
There are many things we can do to help hedgehogs and other wildlife, such as ceasing the use of slug pellets.
But PLEASE if you are having a bonfire, follow the example of Ottery Tar Barrels Committee and check it first or build it just before you light it.