Scots cops appeal for information after bird of prey found dead close to nest

An osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
An osprey (Pandion haliaetus) -Credit:Piotr Krzeslak / Getty Images

Police Scotland are appealing for information following the death of a bird. The osprey was found dead near Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, yesterday.

The bird of prey - which can also be known as a fish hawk, river hawk, or sea hawk - is a protected species and is believed to have been nesting close to where it was found, at Loch of the Lowes.

Police say the probe is at an early stage and that officers are trying to establish the full circumstances of the incident, after the animal was found on Friday, May 3, 2024.

Inspector James Longden said: "It is illegal to kill any protected species and we are working closely alongside partner agencies to confirm what has happened here and whether there is any criminality involved.

"Information from the local community could prove vital and it is important we speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who may know something which could assist our investigation.

"Any information can be passed to Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 3266 of Friday, 3 May, 2024. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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