By PRESS ASSOCIATION, 23 April 2014 3.00pm. Updated: 10.30pm.
Police have launched an investigation into the death of a peregrine falcon which was found in a quarry after being killed illegally.
Raptor workers found the four-year-old bird in Cambusbarron Quarry near Stirling while they were carrying out monitoring work.
Police Scotland are working with the Scottish Raptor Study Group and the RSPB to try and establish the circumstances of the bird's death.
Pc Malcolm O'May, Forth Valley division's wildlife crime officer, said: "Police Scotland takes the persecution of these magnificent birds of prey very seriously and we will be doing all we can to identify the person responsible for this crime.
"We will be working with the local community and our partners in RSPB, but I would ask anyone who has been in the Cambusbarron Quarry over the last few months to get in touch with us, you may hold crucial information that will assist in catching those responsible."
The bird was found on April 15.