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Fantastic Festivities

8 Jul 2014

This past week, we had a fantastic Open Day, some glorious sunshine and some sportive squirrels!

Open Day

On Saturday, all of the hard work over the past while came to fruition. As the greying overcast skies of that morning passed into glorious sunshine, the number of visitors to the park hastily increased into the thousands. The new play park was immediately successful with children young and old, especially the zip wire, on which a couple of the officials at the opening even had a go!

The Fly Cup catered with some delicious cakes and bakes, as well as refreshing teas, coffees and juices, The Creation Station and The Wright Face face painting kept kids entertained all day, Lochter Activity Centre and Aberdeenshire Council bought along amazing sports from archery to a massive climbing wall, and North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership showed our visitors some marvellous moths that had been trapped in the park the previous night. I personally manned the Friends of Haddo volunteer stall and was happily sat next to the stall for The National Exotic Hedgehog Rescue, who had brought four adorable spiky companions along with them.

Many thanks to all those involved in the open day for making the day so much fun, especially to DAWGS for the loan of the marquees, and all those involved in the park regeneration project for making it possible!

Thanks also to our specia guest from Aberdeen FC Adam Rooney, who was kept busy chatting and taking photos with all our visitng football fans.

There are more photos of the open day and our new playground on our Facebook page


Mischievous Mammals

With the installation of our squirrel hide, we’ve been trying very hard to attract the squirrels to the area, with food and nuts and even resorting to smearing the ropes and ledges in Peanut Butter. Yet there seemed to be no sign of our red furry friends.

Then, a week or so ago, we were walking past the Friend’s Garden and noticed something odd on one of the bird feeders…

Ah… So that’s where they’ve been…

Almost every morning, a squirrel (quite possibly always the same one!) has been crawling up the bird feeder post and helping himself to the nuts. Though when he realises he’s been seen, he quickly scrabbles up to the birdhouse roof and onto the nearest tree. On Saturday, as I walked down to the pheasantry with an armful of signs, he noticed me and glared my way as I passed:

“You know, the birds are going to get annoyed that you’re eating all their nuts.” I scolded, before he boisterously bounded into the lime branches.


What’s to Come

Good Old Fashioned Bushcraft

Go wild in the woods with our Bushcraft Day at Haddo this Friday We'll be showing you how to make all sorts of natural crafts from making ropes to weaving rush matting, making your own willow whistle or learning to carve and whittle!

The course is led by Willow Lohr, one of the UK's top bushcraft and outdoor survival experts.

You can join the full day course starting at 10am (£25 adults, £10 under 16) or a half day, 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm (£15 adults, £5 under 16). To book email haddo@visithaddo.com or call us on 01651 851041


Volunteer Tour Guide Training

Love Haddo House & Country Park? Looking to volunteer over the Summer? Want to do more to help your local area?

As a part of our new volunteer scheme, we will be organising regular country park tours for the public, led by the volunteer Friends of Haddo.

If yo'd be interested in helping lead some tours, a free training day will take place on Wednesday 16th July, which will include learning about all of the historic and cultural landmarks in the park, as well as the types of wildlife to be found at this time of year. You'll also get some advice on leading groups and don't worry, your first few tours will be with another experienced tour leader so you won't be thrown straight in at the deep end!

Meet in the Visitor Centre at 11am for tea and coffee, and any new volunteers will have time to fill in a registration form before thr training starts.