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Paws and Pipistrelles

6 Jun 2014

This week seems to have flown by, and it’s hard to believe how much has happened in the park since the last blog! The Oystercatcher chicks in the terrace garden have hatched out and are pottering about on the short grass. 

OystercatcherThis week seems to have flown by, and it’s hard to believe how much has happened in the park since the last blog! The Oystercatcher chicks in the terrace garden have hatched out and are pottering about on the short grass. There’s a brood of cygnets on the lake, and the wild flower meadow (where I confidently told some visitors we didn’t have any orchids) are now full of hundreds of deep purple Northern Marsh Orchids.

On Saturday morning I was out and about,leading another guided walk to spot Puffins at Bullers of Buchan. They actually performed a little bit better than they had the previous week and we had around 35 in total on the cliffs and out at sea. I also got a slightly unexpected treat as one of the groups on the walk very kindly donated a camera and all the kit for us to use at Haddo, which means my slightly battered little camera can have a rest during the week!

bat1We were back at the park on Saturday evening where Isobel Davidson of NESBats led our first Bat Watch of the year. The stables roost was pretty spectacular with just under 750 Pipistrelles coming out of the eaves. The main park was a bit quieter but we did detect Daubenton’s Bat over the lake and saw a couple of Brown Long-eared Bats coming out of the Pheasantry roof- which proves they haven’t been too disturbed by the re-roofing works last year.

Katy the Labrador- our best in showSunday it was all hands on deck again for the annual Day In The Country Fun Dog Show organised by DAWGS. The beautiful weather meant there was a really good turn out, and lots of super (and very well-behaved dogs) took part in classes ranging from Musical Sit to best Haddo Hound. Thanks to DAWGS for organising such a super event, to Ellon Rotary for providing the food and to everyone else who helped out on the day.

There are more photos of the DAWGS Day In The Country, as well as a video from our Bat Watch evening on our Facebook page

Construction News

After a slight delay, work will start on our new adventure playground early next week. This means that some sections of the park will be temporarily closed off and there will be several heavy vehicles and lorries going down the main tarmac path to the Pheasantry over the next weeks. The white portacabin should also be removed in the next few days, again, this might mean a bit of disruption around the car park and on the main drive.

What’s On…

Poster Wild FoodThere are still a few spaces left for our bushcraft and wild food day next Saturday. The course is a fantastic day out and is led by WIllow Lohr, a local outdoors and bushcraft expert who previously led courses for Ray Mears. Contact us on 01651 851014 or email haddo@visithaddo.com to book.

We’re well into the preparation for our grand relaunch day on July 5th. We’ve already planned a load of sports and activities including, cricket, football, archery, facepainting and a bouncy castle, but we’ve got room for more! If you run a local sports club, wildlife group or society and would like to lead an activity, run a stall or just come along and spread the word, get in touch on 01651 851014 or email haddo@visithaddo.com