Motor News | A303 Biggest Deathtrap for Wildlife | Andover & VillagesThousands of animals fall victim to Britain’s roads each year, but new research reveals some roads a bigger death trap than others.

In fact, new data obtained by Confused.com, the driver savings site through Freedom of Information requests to Highways England, Transport Scotland and the Welsh Department for Transport revealed the A303 was the most prolific for animal deaths in 2016 and 2017.

The southern road, which runs from Basingstoke to Devon, saw a total of 434 animals found dead over the two years, accounting for 11% of Britain’s total roadkill count. Among those found dead were 127 deer, 101 badgers and even one swan.

Top 5 animals found dead by highways agencies in England along the A303 in 2016 and 2017

Animal

Total roadkill count in 2016 and 2017

Deer

127

Badger

101

Fox

97

Cat

45

Dog

31

To understand the sheer scale of Britain’s roadkill, Confused.com has created a new graphic, which reveals a sobering 3,907 animals. Users can scroll down through the body count thousands of animals, including deer, dogs, cats and even swans.

But while almost 4,000 roadkill victims sounds distressing enough, further research by Confused.com suggests this could be a lot higher, as more than two fifths (44%) of South West drivers have hit an animal on the road.

And while some drivers may find it incredibly upsetting to accidentally run over an animal, others take a more practical approach to the issue, with a quarter (25%) of drivers in the region say they have or would consider eating roadkill. And it seems drivers are open to more unusual choices, with one in one seven (15%) saying they would eat badger, and more than one in eight (12%) would eat squirrel.

The law around animals on the roads can be a grey area for drivers. For example, it is illegal to hit an animal with intention and take it home for tea. But if you see roadkill which has already fallen victim to a car you may pick it up, providing it is safe to do so. To help drivers navigate the law, Confused.com has created a guide on the steps a driver should take if they’ve hit an animal on the road.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says: “Sadly, Confused.com’s graphic highlights the sheer number of animals killed on Britain’s roads, and in the last two years this figure has been in the thousands. And with more than 400 animals killed on the A303 alone is a sad and worrying figure.

“Unfortunately, being a driver means you have to make difficult decisions when it comes to facing an animal in the road and doing what is safest for yourself and other road users. If swerving means putting yourself and other drivers at risk then this should be avoided.

“Some drivers might also be tempted to jump out of the car and investigate a dead animal on the road, but this can also be risky. Drivers should know which animals they are legally required to stop for, so to help them Confused.com has created a guide on what to do if you hit an animal while on the road”

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