Protecting Garden Guests on Bonfire Night

Protecting Garden Guests on Bonfire Night

Protecting Garden Guests on Bonfire Night
Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is a fun tradition in the UK celebrated with bonfires, fireworks, and festivities. However, amidst the excitement, we must try to remember that our garden wildlife can experience distress and fear due to the loud noises and bright lights associated with this event.
We have 5 tips to help you prepare your garden for the 5th November to help ensure animal's safety and well-being during this time.

1. Check for Nests and Habitats

Before lighting a bonfire or setting off fireworks, carefully check your garden for any signs of nests, dens, or habitats where wildlife might have made their home. Avoid disturbing these areas to prevent harm to the animals and any young. Move your set up as far away as is safe or choose an alternative location.

blackbird feeding babies

2. Move Food Sources Away

If you have bird feeders or animal food outside, temporarily move them to a safer location or bring them indoors during Bonfire Night. This will discourage wildlife from venturing too close to the fireworks and bonfires in search of food. Do this a couple of weeks in advance so they get used to its new, safer location.

3. Provide Alternative Shelter

Create alternative shelters for wildlife by placing overturned bins, wooden planks, or similar structures in a quiet area of your garden. This will give wildlife a safe space to retreat to during the festivities. You could also use piles of logs or leaves which are hedgehog friendly.


4. Keep a Water Source Easily Accessible

Ensure that a clean and easily accessible water source is available for wildlife in your garden. Loud noises and bright lights can cause stress, and having water nearby can help alleviate their distress. Shallow trays or dishes are a good idea so that there is no risk of them falling in to ponds.

5. Minimize Bonfire Activity

Ok so this isn't much fun but if possible, choose an alternative location for bonfires away from your garden to minimise the disturbance to local wildlife. Better still, go to an organised event in a wide open space and let your garden friends have a quieter night. If you are having a bonfire at home, ALWAYS check it thoroughly before lighting to avoid any harm to hidden animals.


Bonfire Night is a lot of fun for us, but let's remember it is much less so for our garden guests. By taking a little time and some simple precautions to consider the well-being of local wildlife, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone during the celebrations on and around the 5th November.  



Image credits:

 Sparkler image Photo by Ethan Hoover on Unsplash  
Hedgehog image Photo by Piotr Łaskawski on Unsplash
Birds nest Photo by Fabrizio Frigeni on Unsplash
Photo by Georgiana Pop (Avram) on Unsplash

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