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Puffins, Photography, Bats and more...

18 Jun 2015

It was a busy weekend for wildlife watchers at Haddo with a variety of workshops to reflect different interests. With the Energetica Festival underway our staff took the opportunity to venture to the coast and explore the wildlife.

We've got another busy weekend ahead with the unveiling of the commemorative interpretation board for the Battle of Waterloo monument to Alexander Gordon at Haddo on Saturday at 1130am.

Last Saturday there was a puffin walk at Bullers of Buchan and also a wildlife photography walk in the same area. The puffins made an appearance, not in great numbers, but enough to show their presence. They mingle with the other seabirds; guillemots, blackheaded gulls, cormorants, razorbills on the spectacular cliffs along this part of the coast. Cain Scrimgeour, a professional wildlife photographer, led the photography workshop and participants tested their skills in catching images of birds nesting, feeding and in flight. 

Back at Haddo the photography workshops continued with walks around the Country Park to capture images of flowers, trees, geese and swans with their young.  A nose to nose encounter between a cow and bulldog also proved interesting!  In the evening our second batwatch led by Isobel Davidson saw hundreds of bats (580 on our counter) emerge from the Stables roof.  Catching a couple of them to show participants, a close up view was fascinating.  Meanwhile another group of keen photographers took part in a night photography workshop as darkness fell over Haddo.

Sunday was a brighter, sunnier day, perfect for the last photography workshop in the Country Park until October.  At the same time a 'Wildlife Tea Party' took place in the Pheasantry - an opportunity for children or adults to make bird feeders from old crockery.  All in all a wonderful weekend!

AND this weekend - another Puffin Walk at Bullers of Buchan starting 10am on Sunday from the car park, or join the Buchan Ranger between 11am and 3pm, also at the Bullers.  NEXT weekend 20-21 June is the NTS 'Hit the Road' event for motorcycle enthusiasts.  Check the website for more details.

Volunteers wanted for a new environmental art project:

We are recruiting now for a few volunteers to help with an Art in Nature Garden - creating an atrractive wildlife garden with art installations, complementing the wildlife, using recycled materials.  If you are interested in outside art, recycling creatively, gardening or would like to work alongside adults with learning difficulties, please get in touch with Elaine at:  summervsohaddo@gmail.com