Action plea on ‘road kills’ toll

Action plea on ‘road kills’ toll

Action plea on ‘road kills’ toll

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WILDLIFE campaigners have called for animal crossings, wider grass verges and electronic signs to help reduce the hundreds of animals killed on our county’s main roads each year.

The call comes as The Argus reveals new figures which show the number of animals killed on our two busiest road networks.

Figures from the Highways Agency show that more than 200 foxes, 104 badgers and 72 deer have been killed on the A27 and A23/M23 in Sussex since 2010.

In that time 520 animals have been found dead on the roadside by Highways Agency officials including cows, horses and even one mink.

Domestic pets were also victims with 50 cats and 29 dogs being killed.

In 2012 181 animals died on the county’s two busiest roads with 81 foxes among that number.

Trevor Weekes, founder of the East Sussex Wildlife and Rescue Service, said he would like to see specific badger crossings and underpasses for deer but said that local authorities were reluctant to fund the innovations.

He said he would like to see the county embrace electronic signs which illuminate when deer are near to the roadside used in the New Forest while wider grass verges instead of roadside hedgerows would give animals and drivers more opportunity to avoid potentially lethal accidents.

He added: “What we have seen change is the number of animals not surviving after being hit.

“In the 80s and 90s, there was a much higher proportion of casualties with minor injuries or which were just dazed and confused but now we are seeing a much higher proportion with serious injuries which I think is due to more lorries, vans and 4x4s on the roads. “I am surprised insurance companies don’t help with paying for these measures as they would reduce the number of road accidents, the damage to cars and repairs needed.”

A Highways Agency spokesman said the remains of smaller animals were stored in a freezer at their depots while owners were sought.

If no owner is found the remains are cremated.

The spokesman added: “Animals on busy roads can be a real threat to safety.

“Fences along our motorways and major A-roads help to prevent animals getting on to the road, and we also build underground tunnels, where possible, so that wildlife can cross safely.

“Drivers have a role to play too, especially when travelling with pets, and they can help by keeping their animals in their vehicle, even if they have broken down or been involved in an accident.”

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1:32pm Sun 22 Jun 14

tekniko says...

What a ridiculous article, I don't know where to start with comments! It's a bit like the Seagull Chicks non-story last weekend!
What a ridiculous article, I don't know where to start with comments! It's a bit like the Seagull Chicks non-story last weekend! tekniko
  • Score: -10

1:55pm Sun 22 Jun 14

fredflintstone1 says...

Will the Greens listen though? They want to have free-ranging sheep and cattle wandering freely over the Ditchling Road.

Commonsense dictates that “Animals on busy roads can be a real threat to safety" as the Highways agency points out, but the council wastes time and money on this dangerous, delusional death-trap of an idea. They'd be better mapping pot holes in the roads to repair, but commonsense is unfortunately not a characteristic associated with this council.
Will the Greens listen though? They want to have free-ranging sheep and cattle wandering freely over the Ditchling Road. Commonsense dictates that “Animals on busy roads can be a real threat to safety" as the Highways agency points out, but the council wastes time and money on this dangerous, delusional death-trap of an idea. They'd be better mapping pot holes in the roads to repair, but commonsense is unfortunately not a characteristic associated with this council. fredflintstone1
  • Score: 10

2:23pm Sun 22 Jun 14

ARMANA says...

How about an animal lane, squeeze another 2 ft out of the car lane, bung it next to the bus n cycle lane, The Greens are mad enough to give it a try, !!!!
How about an animal lane, squeeze another 2 ft out of the car lane, bung it next to the bus n cycle lane, The Greens are mad enough to give it a try, !!!! ARMANA
  • Score: 8

2:36pm Sun 22 Jun 14

MasonStorm says...

Animal crossings? Bahaahahahahaa
Animal crossings? Bahaahahahahaa MasonStorm
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

tekniko wrote:
What a ridiculous article, I don't know where to start with comments! It's a bit like the Seagull Chicks non-story last weekend!
I for one am concerned about the number of wildlife killed on the roads as any decent human being would be. Unfortunately there are too many humans who's only concern is for themselves and their own interests.
[quote][p][bold]tekniko[/bold] wrote: What a ridiculous article, I don't know where to start with comments! It's a bit like the Seagull Chicks non-story last weekend![/p][/quote]I for one am concerned about the number of wildlife killed on the roads as any decent human being would be. Unfortunately there are too many humans who's only concern is for themselves and their own interests. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 11

4:39pm Sun 22 Jun 14

NathanAdler says...

You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry.

Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these.

On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone?
You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry. Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these. On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone? NathanAdler
  • Score: 2

5:26pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

NathanAdler wrote:
You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry.

Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these.

On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone?
Are you channelling Pete Seeger?
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry. Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these. On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone?[/p][/quote]Are you channelling Pete Seeger? Roundbill
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Sun 22 Jun 14

tekniko says...

Herbertfarquarson wrote:
tekniko wrote:
What a ridiculous article, I don't know where to start with comments! It's a bit like the Seagull Chicks non-story last weekend!
I for one am concerned about the number of wildlife killed on the roads as any decent human being would be. Unfortunately there are too many humans who's only concern is for themselves and their own interests.
Get on to the councils then to fence and gate the side of all roads in the countryside. I doubt they can afford it so maybe ban cars? What do you think?
[quote][p][bold]Herbertfarquarson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tekniko[/bold] wrote: What a ridiculous article, I don't know where to start with comments! It's a bit like the Seagull Chicks non-story last weekend![/p][/quote]I for one am concerned about the number of wildlife killed on the roads as any decent human being would be. Unfortunately there are too many humans who's only concern is for themselves and their own interests.[/p][/quote]Get on to the councils then to fence and gate the side of all roads in the countryside. I doubt they can afford it so maybe ban cars? What do you think? tekniko
  • Score: 2

6:36pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

The Lewes-Uckfield road over the last few weeks have revealed a daily carnage of fresh dead badgers, foxes, rabbits and so on the last few weeks. Seemingly mowed down each night. It was explained to me that the driver doing 70mph+ 'coz they can get away with it on empty evening roads, rather than say 50 or 60, will have a far greater chance of killing wildlife, with the driver and animal having little chance to react.

Even if you are the sort of 'nice' person who doesn't give a **** about wildlife or pets, on the same stretch of road in just the last year i've seen cars wrapped round trees or upside down in ditches. Not good for humans too!
The Lewes-Uckfield road over the last few weeks have revealed a daily carnage of fresh dead badgers, foxes, rabbits and so on the last few weeks. Seemingly mowed down each night. It was explained to me that the driver doing 70mph+ 'coz they can get away with it on empty evening roads, rather than say 50 or 60, will have a far greater chance of killing wildlife, with the driver and animal having little chance to react. Even if you are the sort of 'nice' person who doesn't give a **** about wildlife or pets, on the same stretch of road in just the last year i've seen cars wrapped round trees or upside down in ditches. Not good for humans too! Withdean-er
  • Score: 0

10:56pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Gribbet says...

Lower the speed limit on country roads to 40mph. End of.
Lower the speed limit on country roads to 40mph. End of. Gribbet
  • Score: -5

8:56am Mon 23 Jun 14

simps46 says...

NathanAdler wrote:
You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry.

Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these.

On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone?
to see their flatmates
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry. Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these. On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone?[/p][/quote]to see their flatmates simps46
  • Score: 6

10:14am Mon 23 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

simps46 wrote:
NathanAdler wrote:
You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry.

Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these.

On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone?
to see their flatmates
*boom tish*
[quote][p][bold]simps46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: You don't have to be a Green to love animals. I despise the Greens with a passion, but have a great concern for wildlife and all things furry. Travelling up the A23 lots, it is sad when you see fresh road kill - esp deer and badgers. I will support any plans to reduce these. On a side, yet related, note where have all the hedgehogs gone?[/p][/quote]to see their flatmates[/p][/quote]*boom tish* stevo!!
  • Score: 4

1:32pm Mon 23 Jun 14

notaconspiracy says...

I drove on the A27/A23/M23 just yesterday and noticed that dozens of animals had died, violently, against my car windscreen.

I agree that something should be done. The most obvious solution would be a simple greenhouse-type covering for these three roads to save our flying, leggy friends?
I drove on the A27/A23/M23 just yesterday and noticed that dozens of animals had died, violently, against my car windscreen. I agree that something should be done. The most obvious solution would be a simple greenhouse-type covering for these three roads to save our flying, leggy friends? notaconspiracy
  • Score: 3

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