28 Aug 2014
After a week patiently waiting for the water levels in the burn to drop (and for the rain to stop topping them back up again...) the major work on the fish pass, the bank and the bridges should start early next week.
All the bridges at the far end of the lake will be closed at some point while the work is going on, so it's worth checking the maps and planning your route around the park before you head out.
The closures should be well worth it as hopefully in a year or two's time you'll be able to watch trout and salmon leaping up the fish pass and the cascades as they swim upstream to breed.
It's not been raining all week though, and a wander through Craigie Wood on Monday evening turned up a little group of Common Darter basking in the sun. We get plenty of the smaller damselflies at Haddo but it's a bit of a treat to see some of the big dragonflies about as well.
Plenty of things coming up over the next week or two at Haddo.
On Sunday, the National Trust for Scotland are leading guided tours of the terrace gardens as part of the Scotland's Garden Schemes tour. Tours run at 12, 2pm and 4pm with a special evening walk at 7pm. More details at National Trust for Scotland
We're also starting out fun dog training classes next weekend. Led by the Aberdeenshire Council Ranger, we'll take you through some simple, easy steps to improve your dog's recall so you can both be more confident and more under control when you're out walking in the park. There'llalso be advice on how the Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies to dogs and dog walkers, and some free treats and toys for you to take away so you can practice your new-found skills at home. Meet in the dog park any time between 2pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th. If you're dog's very energetic we'd recommend taking it for a good walk before coming to the training session.
The training sessions will run again the following weekend, and on the 14th you can also come along and help us build phase two of the agility trail.
Finally don't forget to put the 20th and 21st September in your diaries as we're holding our Living History Weekend with Erskine's Regiment. There'll be pike and musket demonstrations, a military camp to explore, patrols to follow and even a cannon, definitely not to be missed!