Farmers have been asked to share evidence their experiences of predators, to help the National Sheep Association Scotland make the case for new rules on their control.

NSA Scotland said that it had been 'increasingly evident' that the occurrence of predator attacks was on the increase. To properly quantify this trend, the association has created a survey to compile evidence in order to present to Government and other key stakeholder organisations, and support sheep farmers and crofters efforts to maintain sustainable sheep farming in Scotland.

Region coordinator Grace Reid said: “It is particularly important that NSA Scotland gains evidence on this matter. We are all very aware that occurrences are consistently happening but to gauge the number of attacks is essential in the fight against the animals that threaten our flock animal welfare and profitability.”

This survey takes around 15minutes and will close to respondents on June 30. It is available on the NSA Scotland website and Facebook page.

Farmers wishing to discuss any of the matters highlighted in the survey should contact Ms Reid on 07787142858 or by email: grace@nationalsheep.org.uk