23 Apr 2015
Everything's all calm and quiet at Haddo this week, and it's time to catch up on a few of the behind the scenes jobs that have been on hold over the Easter holidays.
Applications for our seasonal Visitor Services Officer post have started arriving already, so part of the week has been spent looking through those and starting to choose our interview shortlist. We're also starting to put the interview panel together and think of some suitably difficult and challenging interview questions for the candidates!
We will accept applications up to the 26th April so if you fancy working at Haddo over the summer then there's still time- simply click Jobs at Haddo at the top of this page then download and complete the application form.
This week we've also been getting ready for some further renovations to the inside of the Pheasantry which are due to start next week. This involves a bit of work strengthening the chimney supports and some internal tidying and decoration. The aim once everything is finished is to have a nice set of rooms where we can host exhibitions, have meetings and courses, and give our visiting schools and groups somewhere dry to have lunch on wet days.
The beginning of the week was gloriously warm and sunny, and there's been a really noticeable change in the wildlife out in the park. New flowers are appearing almost every day- the first Kingcups, Wood Sorrel and Dog Violets have all bloomed this week and big swathes of Wild Garlic are flowering under the trees.
The pair of Mute Swans on the lake are now sitting on eggs, as are a few pairs of Canada Geese and some of the Mallards. Most of the smaller birds are busy nest building and you can often see them flying about with beaks full of moss or feathers to line their nests.
The Red Squirrels should already have had their first litters, which will soon be coming out of the dreys, so it's worth keeping a close eye out in case you're lucky enough to see a new squirrel family having their first explore out in the park!
Our wildlife photography courses have been selling extremely quickly and we only have a couple of places on the daytime workshops left.
If you fancy seeing Puffins, or getting to know the wildlife at Haddo, and haven't been able to book on either of the photography workshops then we do have several guided walks at the beginning of June both here at Haddo and on the coast which you can join instead. We'll be looking for seabirds, hunting for bats and learning more about identifying wild flowers. More information on our events page
Finally, if you're coming to Haddo from Ellon in the next couple of weeks there are going to be roadworks on the direct route from Craigs Road to the main entrance. There's a diversion in place via Riverside Road and Tarves, which shouldn't take too much longer, or you can come round by Ythanbank instead. The works are scheduled from Monday 27th to Sunday 10th but we'll keep an eye on them and let you know if they finish any earlier.