Deer weary campaigners braved a miserable Monday morning to warn Forest dwellers of the dangers of rutting stags.

Waltham Abbey Community Campaigns launched an awareness campaign #RuttingAwesome which will run throughout November - the breeding season for the fallow deer found in Epping Forest.

During the rut the deer move around more and as the nights draw in, and more deer will be found on the roads and running out in front of cars.

The group will be out with a banner to raise awareness at busy junctions over the next few weeks.

They have urged drivers to ration their high beam usage, drive slowly, put their hazards lights on and stop if a deer is seen and be careful or deer that've been stuck by cars.

Campaigner Carina Hill said: "We feel the deer warning signs are completely inadequate and are pushing to have clear obvious signs throughout the forest roads so people are aware they are driving through a wildlife habitat.

"An example of this is Woodridden Hill from the Miller and Carter roundabout down to the M25 junction at Waltham Abbey which, according to City of London deer accident map, has the highest number of deer collisions in the area and yet not one sign to warn drivers on this road.

"We understand there is a temporary illuminated light at Bell Common and welcome this but more are needed."

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