The number of wildlife crimes recorded by police rose in 2012/13, according to new figures.

A total of 319 offences were recorded by Police Scotland compared with 307 in the previous year, the latest Scottish Government report shows.

Poaching crimes involving fish, deer and coursing were the most common, with more than 40% of all recorded wildlife offences in Scotland relating to salmon and freshwater fisheries.

These offences rose by 29% from 101 in 2011/12 to 130.

The offences recorded are described as broad in nature and in their levels of cruelty.