Concerns are growing overt the number of deer on the Rosneath Peninsula, and the public is being urged to help monitor the problem.
Red deer and roe deer have long been a familiar sight in woodland and on higher ground, but are also regularly spotted by the shore during winter.
Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council last week appealed for residents to report sightings.
Derek Fowlis said taxi drivers had noticed ‘a massive increase’ in deer in recent weeks.
”The problem is there is no control of them now,” he added: “There are far too many.”
Accidents and sightings can be reported to the National Deer-Vehicle Collisions Project, which is administered by The Deer Initiative who estimate that more than 70,000 deer may be killed or injured on British roads every year, causing more than 450 human injuries and several fatalities annually.
The website is www.deercollisions.co.uk – click on the ‘participation’ heading on the home page the home page to report accidents or dead deer found at the side of the road – the website also includes hair-raising video footage of some near-misses, as well as advice to drivers.
OhDeer, a freeSmart Phone App to log deer road casualty locations, can also be downloaded.
To download the full latest SNH report into deer in Scotland click here: C326794
The meeting also heard that a Twitter account – @GheadCoaches – had been set up for school and service buses in the area