The British Deer Society and the Deer Initiative are warning motorists to be aware that the risk of collisions between deer and vehicles is at its peak at this time of year. The organisations estimate that there are up to 74,000 deer-related road traffic accidents every year, which result in approximately 20 deaths and 400 to 700 injuries, and cause damage costing more than £17million.
The rut between October and December causes the most risk of accidents. A joint project, Deer Aware, overseen by the Deer Initiative, is combining the strengths of the Highways Agency, the National Trust, the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage and others to increase awareness among the public.
Incidents can be reported on the website, and there are videos, publications and advice on what to do if you are involved in a deer-related accident. Deer Aware hopes to build a national database of collisions involving deer, as well as assessing factors associated with road traffic accidents involving deer.