BROKEN glass, human waste, discarded litter – one quarter of land managers in Scotland have had to deal with anti-social behaviour this year, it is claimed.

In a survey of the membership of Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), more than 60% said they'd had to clear up rubbish left behind by visitors.

Half had trouble with dogs let off the lead near livestock or wildlife and dog waste not bagged and binned.

One in four had issues with "irresponsible fires" made with chopped-down trees or pulled-up fence posts, with damage to the ground.

Around the same number said gates and roads had been blocked by cars parked irresponsibly, creating problems for farm vehicles and emergency services.

And one third said "dirty campers" had left broken glass, unburied human waste and other mess behind them.

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The results came back in last month and reflect experiences through 2020 so far.

Other unacceptable behaviours include fighting, verbal abuse and noisy parties.

SLE said: "The term 'right to roam' is often used as a justification for some of the behaviours experienced, however it is important to emphasise that the legislation provides everyone in Scotland with a 'right of responsible access'."

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code requires people to care for the environment, respect the interests of other people and take responsibility for their own actions when out in the countryside.

Sarah-Jane Laing, SLE chief executive, said: “We want people to enjoy visiting the Scottish countryside safely and responsibly.

"Getting out and about and taking in the fresh air, nature and peacefulness of rural Scotland can be extremely beneficial for our mental and physical health.

"Sadly, there is a minority that is causing a great deal of harm to wildlife and livestock, the environment and other people who visit, live and work in the countryside.

“Our members who manage land work hard to ensure wildlife flourishes, to help the environment and to provide safe access for the public on land in rural Scotland.

"We would like to see a Scotland-wide education programme which better publicises the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to ensure people know how to behave safely and responsibly.

"We also want to see more support for the police to allow better enforcement of existing legislation to deal with those causing serious problems in the countryside. This way everyone can enjoy the countryside safely.”

Scenic Finnich Glen near Stirling, peaceful Loch Tummel in Perthshire and tranquil Loch Lomondside are amongst the areas beset by discarded wrappers and abandoned tents this year. Incidents sparked outcry after being reported in the media.