A specialist camera installed to take photographs of rare wildlife at Kinghorn Loch has been stolen.
The equipment went missing some time between last Thursday and Friday, and it is believed the culprits waded into the water and broke into the box housing it to steal it.
Craigencalt Rural Community Trust purchased the nature camera to enable it to get footage of animal and bird activities at and around the loch.
It was installed within a specially made box on a post in the loch to capture the wildlife at work and play in its natural habitat and record any unusual visitors.
Recent rare pictures of an otter were recorded on the camera and it was hoped there would be further interesting wildlife discoveries to follow.
However the camera was stolen from its hidden siting at the loch before this could happen.
Money to buy the camera was raised at the Trust’s annual fundraising barbecue last August.
Each year a local project is chosen to benefit from the fundraising event.
Marilyn Edwards, speaking for the Trust, said: “It is clear that a specialist camera like this would allow us to gain a much greater understanding of all the wildlife inhabiting the loch; it was a new and exciting venture for everyone in Kinghorn.
It is such a shame that it has been stolen.”
The Trust is appealling to anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or phone (01592) 891330.