18 Sep 2014
It's been a very historical week at Haddo as we prepare for the arrival of Erskine's Regiment and the start of our Living History weekend...
The re-enactors from Erskine's Regiment will be setting up at the Pheasantry on Saturday morning and the camp will be open to the public from 11am until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. They'll create an authentic military camp from the 17th century, with tents, cookfires, clothes and weapons.
There'll be parades, displays and weapons drills on the hour from midday to 4pm, and activities such as cooking and musket ball casting going on in the camp throughout the day. The forecast is great for the weekend so it should be a fantastic couple of days.
On Sunday you can combine your day at the camp with a guided tour of Haddo House (house closed on Saturday). It won't be long before the mansion closes for the winter so if you've been thinking about taking a tour then now's your chance!
There will of couse be lots of loud noise and bangs as part of the re-enactment, so if you're bringing your dogs for a walk we'd strongly recommend visiting before 11am/after 4.30pm and keeping them on a lead just in case they get spooked.
Another succesful day in the Dog Park on Sunday with our group of volunteers. We've managed to install a row of weaving posts and an S-shaped jumps course. Lots of digging this time round, including levering some absolutely huge pieces of granite from the post holes. Huge thanks as always to everyone who came along to help.
We'll be organising another volunteering weekend in October. This time we're hoping to start on the redecoration of the Pheasantry- turning the old rooms into brand new community education/meeting rooms for visitng schools and a place we can use for all of our events as well.
If you'd like to help out get in touch email firstname.lastname@example.org or watch this space and we'll share the date as soon as it's confirmed.
It's started to feel very autumnal this week, with a few long wet foggy days and the arrival of the first wintering Pink-footed Geese in the area. We've not seen any Pinkies here at Haddo yet, but there were about 400 Greylag Geese making a racket on the lake in the middle of the week, including the white hybrid goose that I haven't seen in a while so our autumn migration has definitely started.
As birds fly south for the winter you can sometimes find very rare and unusual little birds in the area, led off course by the weather, so it you see anything usual in the park in the next few weeks come and let us know!
As it gets colder, we should start to see our Red Squirrels more. They've finally found the peanuts at the new (ish) Red Squirrel feeding area and are emptying the feeder boxes quite regularly so that's a good place to start.
The wet and cold is also bringing out an amazing array of fungi, and next Sunday we'll be hosting a Fungi Foray in the park to see how many species we can collect. More details on our events page here.