#add3minutes to your journey for the winter
New Forest commoners and organisations are appealing to local drivers to slow down as the clocks go back, to prevent the usual huge rise in animal deaths and injuries in the longer nights.
Nearly 100 free-roaming animals were killed or injured in the New Forest last year.
A quarter of these – 25 animals - were killed or injured on just four key routes in the evenings in the two months after the clocks go back. About three quarters of the accidents involved local drivers.
Now New Forest commoners, the families who own the animals that maintain the Forest, have teamed up with other organisations to focus efforts on reducing accidents this winter. They are asking locals to add just three minutes to their journeys and drive slowly across the Forest.