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New Arrivals at Haddo

4 Jun 2015

With Spring ending and Summer on its way there are many new arrivals at Haddo House and Country Park, including myself!

Formerly a university manager working with volunteers in Norfolk and a volunteer myself with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, I made the move back to my family’s home in Aberdeenshire two years ago.  After a year working with the National Trust for Scotland at Haddo House, I have moved to the role of Seasonal Visitor Services Officer for Haddo Country Park. 

It’s great to have the chance to get to know the park better and be involved in all the exciting activities we offer to the public.  On my first day exploring the park I took a few photos to show the transition of seasons.  Bluebells still in bloom, Ramsons (Wood Garlic) in full flower, ferns unfurling, purple Bugle, pink Common Bistort, delicate blue Germander Speedwell, white Stitchwort, Buttercups and Daisies everywhere!  

No sign of the orchids yet, but perhaps a few days of warm sunshine will help - bring it on!  Around the lake I could see geese and ducks swimming contentedly with their young, so keeping dogs on their leads or at heel is especially important at this time.  Amongst the trees are the shells of beech nuts, now empty, and fir cones nibbled bare – red squirrels have a big appetite! 

What a lot Haddo has to offer every creature, including ourselves.  But for me the best of all is the peace and tranquillity and a chance to feel (see, hear, smell and touch) nature in a safe and accessible environment.  I am so happy to be part of the team at Haddo and I look forward to meeting lots of people this summer out and about on walks, talking through our visitor surveys, or during our many activity days. 

Elaine Sherriffs



Saturday 6th June - sorry to say that the Puffins: Llife on the Ledge workshop is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, but the Bat Watch at 9pm here at Haddo is still going ahead.

If you're a gardener, then you can join the NTS Terrace Garden Planting Party, or if wild flowers are more your thing then we're hosting a Plantlife Scotland survey training course, both on Sunday 7th.

Don't forget we've also got our Wildlife Tea party on next Sunday- lots of fun building feeders from vintage crockery and getting lots of advice on how best to feed your garden wildlife.