A bumper mast crop means that deer, especially single-minded male deer, are now more likely to be crossing roads in search of food, putting them and motorists in potential danger.

The British Deer Society’s chairman Mark Nicolson commented: “Autumn is the time of year when vehicle and deer collisions peak – so for the next couple of months with shorter day length and often poor visibility, motorists need to be especially alert and cut their speed particularly in countryside areas where woodlands adjoin the highway. Remember – deer are wild animals and don’t follow the Highway Code!”

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