Piles of potentially lethal blue poison found at a Mearns nature reserve have sparked a police investigation.
Forensics officers are analysing the latest in a series of suspected poison finds at St Cyrus National Nature Reserve.
Officials at the Scottish Natural Heritage site have warned dog walkers and families with young children to be aware of the issue after the two piles were discovered by a local woman.
Reports on social media suggest some dogs may have fallen ill after visiting the area.
Reserve manager Therese Alampo said the authorities are called each time the substance, thought to be rat poison, is found dumped on public paths around the picturesque beauty spot.
She added: “This is a really heavily-used route for families and dog-walkers, and all it takes is a child to touch the poison.”
Police Scotland has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
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