Road between Brandon and Bury St Edmunds highlighted as deer collision hotspot in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:00 14 May 2015
A campaign to protect the population of wild deer has highlighted areas in the region where road collisions involving deer are most likely to take place.
The Deer Initiative, a charity mostly funded by Government, indicated large areas across Thetford and The Brecklands, including the B1106 Brandon to Bury St Edmunds and B1107 Brandon to Thetford routes, are the worst roads for deer vehicle collisions (DVCs).
Areas where DVCs have also been reported since 2008 include minor and A roads in the Ipswich area, minor roads around Stowmarket as well as minor roads and the A12 in Colchester.
The research comes amid a move by the Deer Initiative and Highways England to remind motorists that collisions between deer and vehicles increase at this time of year.
The period between April and June is considered a high-risk time as many deer will be on the move looking for new territories.
Dr Jochen Langbein, who has been working with the Deer Initiative on DVCs for the past 10 years, said “We have an estimate of over 1.5 million deer in the UK.
“Although around 20% do need to be culled each year to prevent further increase in deer populations, sadly deer-vehicle collisions account for one in every five deer killed.
“This spring alone nearly 20,000 deer are likely to be killed on UK roads. The daily peak is at dawn and dusk when deer are most active.”
Previous research has found that there are up to 75,000 DVCs each year in the UK, resulting in between 400 and 700 human injuries and several human fatalities each year.
The Deer Initiative advices motorists to be aware that further deer may well cross after the one you have noticed, as deer will more often move around in groups than alone.
The charity says drivers should not over-swerve to avoid a deer.
If a collision with the animal seems inevitable, then hit it while maintaining full control of your car.
The alternative of swerving into oncoming traffic or a ditch could be even worse, the Deer Initiative warned.