Deer road collisions

Every year in the UK, hundreds of traffic collisions take place injuring deer and causing damage to vehicles and even endangering people’s lives. There are a significant number of collisions with deer on the roads in East Sussex, particularly in the Ashdown Forest area.

Drivers need to be aware of deer and take extra care, particularly during spring and autumn. When approaching a deer warning sign, drivers should:

  • slow down and be prepared to stop
  • watch out for more deer following the first one
  • use hazard warning lights
  • not approach an injured deer – it could be dangerous.

Reporting a dead or injured animal

Any sighting of a dead or injured animal on the highway should be reported to Sussex Police – phone: 101.

Deer warden scheme

The Deer warden scheme is a partnership between East Sussex County Council and Sussex Police, which sets out how to deal with injured animals on the highway. The members are all volunteers and with the Ashdown Forest Rangers, provide 24 hour coverage across the county. Call outs are managed by the police.

Many deer hit by vehicles are killed outright. The rest are often badly injured and have to be humanely put down and safely disposed of. Our priority is to keep the suffering of injured animals to a minimum, while ensuring the safety of moving traffic and pedestrians.

Deer warden scheme

Contact us

To make an urgent report, please phone Sussex Police on 101, or contact our Highways team on 0345 608 0193.

If you want to enquire about the Deer warden scheme, please contact our Highways team.