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Beake Speaks: Dersingham to King's Lynn route has 24 roadkill animals

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On my route into work when I drive there is a sign that says Accident Reduction Scheme. It’s great that we are aware as humans the danger that cars present to us and to look out for each other.

I saw so much roadkill though it was akin to the lyrics of a Christmas ditty. There were 12 pheasants lying, one hedgehog squished, two deers on the side of the bank, one hare dying, three rabbits gutted and, big finish, five pigeons splatted.

It is a busy road, with the speed limit being reduced to 50 miles per hour but I sometimes wonder as humans we feel we own the roads.


Mostly roads are built through an already existing habitat, rather than a concrete jungle being there first and shrubbery planted and llamas being introduced at the same time.

A pheasant crossing the road is not the preamble to a joke or doing it to purposely annoy motorists, it is merely crossing the road into its natural habitat.

An awareness of all creatures great and small has increased for me since my visits to Wild Ken Hill.

Some species the next generations will not see and will only know about posthumously.

We take the environment for granted when we selfishly drive at speed without thinking of the possible accidents of birds, deer, hedgehogs, ducks, pheasants and more wildlife that is in existence until a BMW driver carelessly mows one down.

Now I know I will cause more disdain by discriminating against BMW drivers but those indicators are there to help tell other people if you’re deciding to turn left or right and a simple click of said indicator will change public opinion of them, I guarantee.

Don’t get me started on Audi owners.

There are lots of signs now that warn about hedgehogs crossing the road, chickens and ducks that sit on the side of road – there are some poultry on the grass verges driving in and out of Lynn that happily co-exist with us.

We are no more important than those lives, the living and breathing creatures that were able to breathe and sing during the lockdown, when no traffic on the road caused such distress to youngsters when ducklings were driven over near a primary school.

The local council in North Wootton acted and provided posters for wheelie bins for motorists to be aware of ducks which are valued by the community as part of the scenery.

I understand that a lot of roadkill is a natural accident, not through purpose or speed but one of those things.

But I counted 24 roadkill on one trip to work.

And with those statistics, why would a chicken cross the road?

Jenny Beake

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