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Dead animals

Road side litter is one of the fastest growing litter problems. The high levels and speed of traffic on A classification roads makes clearing litter a dangerous proposition. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes allowance for this and as such litter clearance that might require road closure is to be performed when practicable and preferably incorporated in to other scheduled works. The litter clearance work for the Councils on the A14 & A12  is covered as part of a partnership scheme with Ipswich Borough Council.

The council removes dead animals from the public highway and on council owned land as part of its street cleansing service. In most cases the animals we remove are wild animals involved in road traffic accidents, such as badgers and deer, but can include domestic pets and livestock.

The service does not cover the removal of dead animals from private land or trunk roads (A12 & A14), and discretion is used in deciding whether to remove small dead animals, such as rabbits and rodents, in rural areas.

Once removed, dead animal carcasses are disposed of as quickly as possible for health and hygiene reasons. We are unable to retain dead animal carcasses for private burial, but will attempt to contact the owner of a dead animal found with a microchip or contact details on a tag.

Dead animals requiring removal from the public highway or council owned land can be reported online:

Street Cleansing Report It Form 

If you wish to report a dead animal which is on the road, central reservation or the verge of A12 or A14 then this must be reported to Highways England.



Where five or more dead birds are found in a location, then this should be reported to Defra.


Marine mammals

The council is responsible for disposing of dead marine mammals washed up on the tidal shores of the River Orwell and River Stour within the district. However, in the first instance, dead marine mammals should be reported to organisations that may retrieve the carcasses for post-mortem examination. Dead whales, dolphins or porpoises should be reported to the Natural History Museum.