A speckled wood butterfly has become the 1.5-millionth animal logged by north-east wildlife watchers.
So-called citizen scientists have been hard at work recording every species they see in the region for the North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC), so that it can build up an accurate picture of the types of wildlife which can be found nearby.
While this particular insect was spotted near Banchory, it can be seen widely across Aberdeenshire, because its numbers have grown by more than 30% in the last four decades.
Glenn Roberts, NESBReC coordinator, said: “We’re so fortunate to have such a wide variety of wildlife in the area, and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed.”
He added: “People are often surprised to hear about the many kinds of nature which can be found in the area, from owls to whales to rare fungi.
“With spring soon to begin, there are invertebrates, such as some butterflies and bumblebees, coming out of hibernation, emerging from dusty sheds, garages and holes in the ground.
“Hedgehogs will also be coming out of hibernation – look out for them in your gardens, in woodland and on our country roads – even a record of roadkill is useful.”
Denise Reed from Scottish Natural Heritage said: “I would encourage everyone to submit their animal sightings.
“Every record is important. This information is invaluable to help us learn about and protect animals in the north-east.”
To submit a sighting email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nesbrec.org.uk