Be on the lookout for deer

Red deer tend to start venturing out at this time of year and motorists are being advised to be on the lookout for stags and hinds. Photograph: Lorne Gill - NatureScot.

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National nature agency, NatureScot is warning motorists to slow down and to be on the lookout for deer as collisions between deer and vehicles increases at this time of the year.

Deer-vehicle collisions usually occur in late May and June as young deer start exploring in search of their own territories. Visitors to Arran should be aware the the island has a large deer population which is mainly concentrated in the north of the island.

And while the number of deer-vehicle collisions has remained constant over the last 14 months, owing to Covid restrictions, the risks associated with deer collisions is set to increase as restrictions are lifted and traffic increases.

Estimates suggest that collisions between deer and vehicles could be as high as 9,000 per year in Scotland, resulting in 50 to 100 human injuries. The majority of collisions take place in early evening through to midnight, with another peak occurring from 6am to 9am.

Report any deer-vehicle collisions to the police, who will contact the local person who can best help with an injured deer at the roadside. Do not approach an injured deer yourself – it may be dangerous.