Skegness 'one of highest areas for roadkill' claims new data

Hundreds of animals are killed on UK roads each week. Only a small amount of those are reported - the rest are sadly left as roadkill.

A new report by GoCompare has analysed the UK’s latest Roadkill Records data.

A new report by GoCompare has analysed the UK’s latest Roadkill Records data, to reveal Britain’s most dangerous areas and roads for wildlife, the animals most commonly involved, and the worst months for incidents to occur.

The worst area for the number of reported animals killed on the roads was Thetford, with 264. Skegness ranked 12th with 159.

Small mammals are the most commonly hit animals on roads in the UK (8,580 a year). The second most common victim, at just over half the amount, are birds (4,652 a year). This is then followed by large mammals (1,000 a year).

Amphibians (72 a year) and Reptiles (18 a year) are the lower on the list, however, they are less likely to be reported.

These figures reveal that a shocking 39 critters are reported to be involved in collisions each day.

The top 10 animals hit by cars are:

1 Badger 2229

2 Pheasant 2082

3 Hedgehog 1910

4 Fox 525

5 Rabbit 1152

6 Squirrel 1089

7 Pigeon 1080

8 Deer 991

9 Gull 301

10 Hare 223

The top 10 deadliest roads for animal roadkill are:

1 A1, 7.65%

2 M6, 7.24%

3 A1(M), 6.94%

4 A419/A417, 6.18%

5 A19/A168, 5.24%

6 A66, 4.24%

7 M62, 4.06%

8 M1, 3.35%

9 A64, 3.06%

10 M4, 2.94%

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