Visitors to Crathes Castle Estate are being reminded to keep their dogs under control.
The request comes after a young roe deer was killed by dogs that were being exercised at the estate near Banchory.
Senior Ranger Fiona Milne said: “Dogs are very welcome at Crathes but we do ask owners to follow the guidelines in the Scottish Outdoor access Code and ensure that they are kept under control at all times. The estate is rich with wildlife and at this time of year there are lots of young animals around, as well as ground nesting birds. If you are visiting us just now, please keep your dogs under close control so that we can keep our wildlife safe.”
Dog waste is an increasing problem on the estate, she added: “We remind all dog owners that waste should be picked up and either put in the bins provided or taken home.”
For more information and guidance on dog walking, visit www.outdooraccess-scotland.com.