Twenty six baby seagulls have been found dumped and left to die next to a road in Aberdeen.
The fledglings were found by a member of the public near Craigton Road in Cults.
Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona McKenzie said, “It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to damage, destroy or otherwise interfere with any nest habitually used by any wild bird.
“Removing these fledglings from their nest was particularly callous. At this age they still rely entirely on their parents for sustenance.
“It would have been a rather difficult task so we know that it’s been deliberate. The parents would not have taken well to their nests being disturbed.
“When I arrived to rescue the fledglings, six had unfortunately already passed away and a further two were put to sleep following veterinary advice.
“Essentially, whoever did this was putting a death sentence on these fledglings. If we hadn’t have been called out when we were the situation would have been far worse.
“The remaining 18 fledglings are currently being cared for at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999