Please see the advice above - many people start building a bonfire months in advance of 5th November. It's normally great to be prepared, but in this case animals like hedgehogs and some mice can move in to the pile of wood, thinking "Great! Somewhere to hibernate!" Then they get burnt to death when the bonfire is lit during their hibernation. Therefore please build bonfires in one location, and move the wood to another place nearby before lighting it, in order to make sure that there is no wildlife nesting in there. Then the bonfire can be a cruelty-free celebration for everyone. There is further advice here.
As well as being a wasteful way of watching your money go up in smoke (and sparks), many domestic pets and wild animals are terrified of fireworks. Therefore, if you must light them, please restrict fireworks to the 5th November only - at least that way it is just one night that scares the animals, not a whole week (or longer) of terror! Better yet, consider something less destructive. Here are some useful links:
Slug pellets and hedgehogs
Please don't use slug pellets in your garden - and if you see a shop selling them, then complain. Some slugs may get poisoned, but then any animals eating them die a slow and painful death. In one night a group of hedgehogs can eat far more slugs than pellets can kill, so you are far better off encouraging hedgehogs than using slug pellets!
Instead create good habitats for hedgehogs.
- How to Encourage Hedgehogs to Your Garden
- Gardens: sharp practices to encourage hedgehogs
- Make your garden hedgehog friendly!
- Homes for hedgehogs
- How to make a hedgehog house
- Make a hedgehog house