11 Dec 2014
We seem to have escaped the worst of the dreaded 'weatherbomb' here at Haddo, but it's still been a pretty chilly week to be out and about.
These kind of weeks are a pretty good excuse to hide away in the office and get on with some of the computery indoor projects I've been avoiding over the summer... The first job on the list is a redesign of our park leaflets- the old ones are now very out of date (and we've only got a box or two left) so it's time for a bit of an update.
One other major project is to collate and review all of our various wildlife records- collected over the year from sightings reports, ID courses, surveys and my photos and notes from regular walks in the park. It's taken a fair while but we've now got all of our records on a nice spreadsheet that we can use for our records and also send over to NESBReC to add to the wildlife records for the whole North East.
Over the past 15 months we've recorded 45 different species of tree, 13 species of mammal, 12 different butterflies and 84 species of bird. There's still maybe hundreds of species in the park that haven't been recorded yet (especially flowers and insects) so there's still plenty out there to find.
You can download all the lists on our Wildlife Information Page- let us know if there's anything we've missed!
Who know, we might even find evidence of a few new species on our winter bushcraft -tracks and signs course with Willow Lohr tomorrow morning. It should be an incredibly interesting day- learning how to read and identify different tracks, working out things like how fast an animal was moving and what it was doing simply from the marks it's left behind. Animal tracking is a fantastic skill for anyone wanting to photograph or watch wildlife, especially if we get any snow over the next couple of months.
There are still a couple of places left for the course tomorrow so if you're interested in getting involved then drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and be ready to meet at the Visitor Centre at 9.30am.
We're well into Christmas Carol season now, and hopefully you've already got your tickets for one of the two HHCOS Carol Concerts this weekend as they're now both completely sold out. As I write this blog there were still a few tickets left for the 2pm performance on Saturday 20th December, and you can get your tickets by clicking here