Dog owners have been urged to keep their animals on a lead while visiting a north-east national park.
Balmoral Estate and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) have asked owners to be respectful as vulnerable birds may be nesting.
The spring and summer months are an important time for the birds nesting with visitors urged to stick to the designated paths.
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Glyn Jones, head ranger on the Balmoral Estate in the Cairngorms National Park, said: “With access rights come responsibilities and no-one has the right to allow their dog to disturb, chase or attack the wildlife.
“We all have a role to play in ensuring that our ground-nesting birds get their breeding season off to a good start.”
Adam Streeter-Smith, outdoor access officer at CNPA, said: “Our advice to everyone is stick to the paths this spring and summer. If you have a dog please keep it on a lead.”