THE SUITABILITY OF ANIMAL GRIDS AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ANIMAL WARNING REFLECTORS FOR FEDERAL GERMAN MAIN ROADS

UNTERSUCHUNG DER EIGNUNG VON WILDDURCHLAESSEN UND DER WIRKSAMKEIT VON WILDWARNREFLEKTOREN FUER BUNDESFERNSTRASSEN

IN ORDER TO REDUCE ANIMAL DEATHS AND ROAD ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY WILD ANIMALS, PROTECTIVE FENCES ARE INCREASINGLY BEING ERECTED ON GERMAN MOTORWAYS. THIS CAN LEAD TO THE SEPARATION OR ISOLATION OF ANIMAL RESERVES. A WAY OF COUNTERING THIS IS TO ERECT AREAS WHERE ANIMALS CAN PASS THROUGH (SUBWAYS ETC). THE OBJECT OF THE RESEARCH IS TO STUDY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS TYPE OF STRUCTURE AND ALSO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ANIMAL WARNING REFLECTORS; THE LATTER ARE OPTICAL EQUIPMENT FOR REFLECTING HEADLAMP LIGHTS TOWARDS THE ANIMALS AND DISCOURAGING THEM FROM WANDERING OVER THE ROAD.