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Drivers urged to slow down to avoid collisions with cattle

Monday 11th December 2017

Cattle on Greenham CommonCattle on Greenham Common by Rob Appleby

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) and West Berkshire Council are calling on drivers to slow down and take extra care when driving at night on Burys Bank Road, Greenham. Since the end of October, three cattle have been injured as a result of collisions

Burys Bank Road goes across Greenham Common, where cattle are grazing and free to cross the road. The cattle grids at each end of the road stop cattle from wandering off the Common. The cattle are owned by graziers who have rights to graze their livestock there.

In the latest incident, on Friday 1 December, the cow was so badly injured that it had to be humanely put down. Thames Valley Police have been informed.

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Countryside said: “There really is no excuse for drivers not taking extra care on this stretch of road. A cattle grid is a really clear warning sign that you are likely to encounter cows. We are hoping that drivers will take heed before there is a serious or potentially fatal incident."

Dr Chris Tufnell of Coach House Vets in Newbury and Chair of the Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission said: “People who drive too fast probably don’t realise that they not only risk the lives and welfare of the cattle, but they put themselves at risk of serious injury or death. Adult cows can weigh three quarters of a tonne and frequently the cow, the car and the occupants all suffer in a collision. As ever, speed kills and it’s very distressing for all involved.”