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Last Updated: Thursday March 06 2008 09:05 GMT

Bid to save wildlife on the roads

A hedgehog

Watch out for wildlife! That's what your mums and dads are being told in an an attempt to stop so many animals and birds being killed on Britain's roads.

About 1m animals and 10m birds are thought to die in road accidents in the UK every year, new research has shown.

Experts say it's putting endangered species even more at risk, but it's not just animals in the countryside that are affected.

Around 20,000 urban foxes also die on roads in towns and cities every year.

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Motorists are being asked to take more care on the roads
Now conservation charities are asking people to take extra care at key times of the year when animals are migrating or coming out of hibernation and more likely to mistakenly venture onto the roads.

The animals most at risk include deer and owls, as well as rabbits, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes.



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