Posted: Monday 11th September 2017
With the UK deer population at record levels, Hertfordshire County
Council is asking drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads this autumn.
At this time of year the male fallow deer is unpredictable and can
travel several miles a day in search of a mate, crossing roads in the process.
The most common time for the male deer to roam is at dawn and dusk, which in
late September and October coincides with the morning and evening rush-hours.
The deer population in Hertfordshire, which mainly consists of fallow deer and
muntjac deer, is widespread across the county with particular concentrations in
pockets of woodland countryside. Although deer are present in residential areas
it is where major roads pass near wooded areas, with traffic moving at high
speeds, that there is a particular risk of collisions with crossing animals.
In locations which are known migration crossing points we have taken steps to
erect deer fences, especially on major new roads, but because the wild deer
population is so widespread we can't protect every road.
We would urge motorists to be cautious and drive a little slower at this time
of the year, especially on rural A roads.