Oh deer, oh deer, as a nation of animal lovers it's rather disheartening to learn that deer result in more insurance claims than any other creature.

A recent survey carried out by online insurance broker www.motorinsurance.co.uk revealed that deer accounted for nearly half of 119 accidents involving animals.

Foxes fared slightly better, accounting for nearly 11% of all animal accidents. Badgers were hit by 8% of drivers and pheasants accounted for 6% - clearly the ones who were too plump to fly away!

Strangely enough hedgehogs were not on the list - maybe motorists are more concerned about a flat tyre than a damaged bumper.