Which Dutch animals die by traffic?

This video from the USA says about itself:

The Oregon Department of Transportation works with partner agencies to protect motorists and wildlife from collisions at wildlife crossing hotspots.

Dutch natural history site waarneming.nl has a list of the ten animal species most often reported as mortal victims of traffic.

Some remarks on this roadkill “Top Ten”: probably, small animals are reported less than bigger species victims, and common species are under-reported, contrary to “spectacular” rare species.

The list (translated from Dutch):

1 Hedgehog – Erinaceus europaeus 6073
2 Polecat – Mustela putorius 1303
3 Hare – Lepus europaeus 1057
4 Barn owl – Tyto alba 633
5 Common toadBufo bufo 614
6 Red fox – Vulpes vulpes 559
7 Beech marten – Martes foina 508
8 Rabbit – Oryctolagus cuniculus 499
9 Brown rat – Rattus norvegicus 435
10 Red squirrel – Sciurus vulgaris 354

9 thoughts on “Which Dutch animals die by traffic?

  1. I found you through AFrankAngle. Interesting collection of posts!

    I live in a high-deer-density area — hitting a deer happens to everyone sooner or later. I would love to have one of those underpasses.


    • Hi Ann, thanks for your kind comment.

      Quite some of the species on the list are small rodent eaters; as quite some mice etc. live at grassy roadsides which provide more food than sterile agribusiness fields. Those mice etc. are eaten by e.g. barn owls or foxes, which then become endangered by traffic. Eg, magpies (not on the list, maybe because they are “too common” to report) eat roadkill carrion, sometimes causing them to themselves to become traffic victims.


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