The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is encouraging people to keep their dogs on leads and tread lightly in key areas this spring.
With the clock change last weekend even more people will be getting outside and enjoying what the national park has to offer.
Many of the park’s forests are home to one of Scotland’s iconic species of ground nesting birds, the capercaillie, and loose dogs disturbing birds at nesting time can have a real impact on chick numbers.
The CNPA is asking people to act responsibly by keeping their dogs under close control or on a short lead in areas such as moorland, woodland and forests, during the bird breeding season which may last from April through to mid August.
Farmers are also encouraging dog owners to be aware of lambs and livestock when they are out and about in the Park as sheep and lambs can be injured or killed by attacks from uncontrolled dogs during the lambing season.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides advice for dog walkers and all aspects of accessing the Scottish countryside safely at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com