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On The Wing…

27 Jun 2014

The sun’s been out for much of the week at Haddo and along with the warm weather we’ve started seeing hundreds and hundreds of butterflies appearing across the park.

The sun’s been out for much of the week at Haddo and along with the warm weather we’ve started seeing hundreds and hundreds of butterflies appearing across the park.

Craigie Wood is the best spot to see the Common Blues (the one on the left!), but the brown Ringlets (pic on the right) seem to be everywhere. There’s also lots of Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Red Admiral with some vivid scarlet and black Burnet Moths mixed in with them as well. The dam wall is also turning into a good place to spot Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies, often basking on the path itself in good weather.

If you want to find out more about moths and butterflies in the park then come along to our open day next Saturday (more details below) and have a chat to our visiting moth expert who’ll be showing the results of some overnight moth trapping. Meet by the Pheasantry at 12.30pm to join in.

Music In The Park

If you were out and about in the park last Saturday afternoon then hopefully you’d have been entertained by some alfresco music at our outdoor concert. The afternoon’s event was expertly organised by the Ellon Scope Group with help from LEAD Scotland as part of this year’s Homecoming events.

Visitors were entertained by the Grampian Concert Orchestra and Tarves Folk Club as well as singers and musicians from the Scope group itself. We also had a visit from the Owl & The Pussycat Owl Sanctuary along with several of their owls- Hedwig the Snowy Owl being particularly popular!

Adventure Playground Opening

zipslideThe adventure playground continues to grow, and grow, and grow… There are swings and slides appearing and huge trailer loads of play bark going down. The picture on the left shows just one of the bits, and there are more photos on ourFacebook page.

scotsDon’t forget we’re officially opening the playground on July 5th, when we’ll also be holding a huge Family Open Day full of outdoor sports and activities. We’ve got archery, cricket, football, a climbing wall, zorbs, water rollers, face painting, outdoor bushcraft, kids’ crafts and much more. The opening ceremony will take place in the morning and then the fun kicks off at midday! Entry and parking are absolutely free so there’s no excuse not to come along.

The open day will be just the start of a busy summer of activies and we’ll be following it with another Traditional Bushcraft Skills Day on Friday 11th and a Summer Wildflower Spectacular on Saturday 19th. Older children can come along at the end of July and spend four days gaining their John Muir Award from the 24th- 29th. See ourJuly Events for full details.

As a quiet contrast to all the bustle in the park, Evening services in the chapel start from Sunday 6th July and on the house will be open for tours every day from the start of July.

Queen’s Baton Relay

If you’re planning on coming to Haddo this Sunday then a quick reminder that the Queen’s Baton Relay leading up to the start of the Commonwealth Games will be visiting Aberdeenshire throughout the day and will be passing through Oldmeldrum around midday. You can see full details of the Baton Route at the Aberdeenshire Council Website