A leading conservation charity is appealing for members of the public to report nesting ospreys in Aberdeenshire.
Ospreys first bred in Aberdeenshire in the early 1990s and numbers of nesting pairs increased until 2011. Over the past few years, the number of occupied nest sites has fallen. This year, only 15 of the known nesting sites in Aberdeenshire are being used, down from a peak of 23 in 2011.
Ian Francis, conservation manager for RSPB Scotland, said: “We are sure there are local nests that we don’t know about, but we are starting to worry that the population might be beginning to decline after decades of steady increase. We are urging people to get in touch to tell us about where they have seen ospreys, particularly if they think they have spotted a nest.”