Police have said that remains founds were not a protected specicies after an investigation after the remains believed to be buzzards were found in Fordoun last Wednesday (October 1).
The remains were found on an unclassified road between Fordoun and Auchenblae mid afternoon last week.
A Police Spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that extensive enquiries and specialist examination of remains has taken place after officers were made aware of the reported death of six buzzards in the Fordoun area.
“Following close liaison with partner agencies officers can now confirm the birds were not Raptors or a protected species.
“The remains of the birds were discovered in a field approximately one mile northwest of Fordoun on an unclassified road leading from Fordoun to Auchenblae at around 1530hrs on Wednesday October 1 and it is understood they had been there for several weeks.
“Wildlife Crime is a priority for Police Scotland and within Aberdeenshire and Moray Division we take such reports very seriously and were grateful to be notified of the incident, however enquiries will now be drawn to a close.”