An award-winning nature reserve has been hit by fly-tippers, who left large amounts of building waste there overnight.
The eyesore at Peaton Hill Community Nature Reserve was spotted by Catriona Bray of Kilcreggan when she took her daughters for a walk on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s so annoying because there are other places for people to take their rubbish,” she said.
“It’s lovely up there and people have worked massively hard – most times I go there, there’s a volunteer working on one of the paths
Created in 2004 during a Ministry of Defence biodiversity event, the reserve on the Rosneath Peninsula was awarded the 2009 Sanctuary Silver Otter award for environmental projects.
Groups of schoolchildren regularly visit to learn about nature in the area, and volunteers hold monthly work parties on the site.
The Scottish Environment Proection Agency (SEPA) asks anyone who sees rubbish being dumped illegally to call the Dumb Dumpers Stop Line on 0845 2 30 40 90 or visit www.dumbdumpers.org
Police are also investigating the vandalism of a car in Kilcreggan on on Thursday night; the blue VW Golf was scratched while it was parked in a layby on School Road.