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Wild toilet advice after wipes litter Balmoral estate

Loch Muick. Balmoral Estate, Ballater, Aberdeenshire Image copyright Getty Images

Rangers at the Balmoral Estate have found discarded waste and wipes near trails as people have used the grounds as a wild toilet.

Public toilets on the 50,000 acre Aberdeenshire estate are currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Nearby council-run toilets, which are also closed, are " becoming unsanitary" as people have been "breaking into them", the estate said.

It has now issued advice on what people should do if they are caught short.

A post on social media said: "If you need to pee, please do so at least 30 metres from lochs or streams.

"If you need to defecate, do so as far away as possible from buildings, from open water or rivers and streams, and from any farm animals.

"Bury faeces in a shallow hole and replace the turf."

The estate, which houses Balmoral Castle and is the Scottish home of the Royal Family, also said it was "disappointed" so many wipes - many of which are not biodegradable - had been found and it asked visitors to be more courteous.

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Image caption Balmoral Castle - where the Royal Family traditionally spend their summer holidays - is part of the estate

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