Highlands & Islands

Eggs 'stolen' from golden eagle nest in Cairngorms

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Image caption Police have described the theft of the golden eagle eggs as "extremely frustrating"

Police are investigating the suspected theft of eggs from a golden eagle's nest in the Highlands.

Officers suspect an egg collector climbed up to the nest to steal the eggs in the incident in the Kincraig area of the Cairngorms.

The incident was reported to police on Monday and officers visited the nest site.

Wildlife crime officer Constable Daniel Sutherland described the theft as "extremely disappointing".

Local landowners are helping Police Scotland with its investigation.

'Increasingly rare'

Constable Sutherland said: "It is frustrating that once again criminals believe they can get away with thieving from the nests of this iconic species in the Highlands.

"Stealing from the nest of a wild bird is illegal and anyone found to be involved in egg collecting will be robustly dealt with."

Susan Davies, director of conservation at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said: "Like all wildlife crime, stealing eggs from nests is a disgraceful act that has no place in modern Scotland.

"Thankfully egg thefts are becoming increasingly rare but golden eagle numbers are still lower than they could be in some parts of the Highlands. Illegal persecution like this incident harms their recovery.

"We would urge anyone who can assist in this investigation to contact Police Scotland."

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