Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is warning motorists that collisions between deer and vehicles increase in certain parts of Scotland at this time of year.
With the nights starting earlier, the peak commuting time coincides with deer coming out to feed on grass verges near roadsides.
The latest deer-vehicle collisions research shows there are more than 7,000 deer-related motor vehicle accidents every year in Scotland, on average causing about 70 human injuries. The economic value of these accidents is £5 million. Across the UK, it’s estimated there could be up to 74,000 deer-related motor vehicle accidents a year.