POLICE Scotland has issued a reminder to the public that whilst the trapping of some animals is allowed under certain licensing conditions, birds of prey should not be trapped intentionally.

Sometimes this happens accidentally but it is illegal for a trap operator to fail to release a bird of prey if it enters a trap.

Officers said that if you believe an animal or bird is being subjected to unnecessary suffering you should report it to the Scottish SPCA.

The public should not interfere with any traps they find

If you find a bird of prey in a trap or are unsure if a trap is being used legally, report it to police or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

All raptors are protected by law and intentionally killing or injuring a raptor is an offence, including shooting, trapping, poisoning, or interfering with their nest site.

Wild birds, including their eggs, nests, and chicks, are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Without a license to exterminate them, custodial sentences or fines can be given for the illegal killing of any wild bird, not just rare species.