The humble deer is causing insurers a bit of a headache, it seems, hitting them where it hurts – the wallet.

Vehicle insurance claims following collisions with deer are costing insurers more than £21m a year, according to Autonational Rescue, the breakdown service.

As many as 75,000 deer are struck by cars in Britain each year. But there is a dedicated website to offer guidance, www.deercollisions.co.uk.