11 Jun 2015
A wonderful night out on Saturday, with the stars of the show hitting even higher notes than our opera singers can manage!
We had a great turnout for the Bat Watch last Saturday with around 40 people coming along to watch over 500 Common and Soprano Pipistrelles leaving their roost in the stables courtyard at dusk. Isobel Davidson from the NESBats group was on hand to give us an introductory talk about the local bats. She also has a licence to catch and handle bats so was able to net a couple as they flew out from under the eaves and then let us see them right up close.
We're running another Bat Watch tomorrow night or if you can't make that then the NTS Rangers also run Bat Watch here at Haddo on the 20th and 28th August.
If you're at Haddo on Sunday then come down to the Pheasantry for our wonderful Wildlife Tea Party hosted by Heather from Wild Intrigue. Heather uses old and vintage crockery to make stunning bird feeders for your garden. Pick your own patterns and china and create something absolutely unique to take home with you. Each feeder costs £5 to make and there'll be juice, tea, coffee and cakes from Mrs Smiths on offer as well.
Our staff will also be there to give lots of advice on feeding birds and other wildlife, what's the best food to attract different species and how you can attract a range of wildlife to your back yard.
If the weather's good over-night we'll also set up our new moth trap and find out what's been flying around at Haddo after dark.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might remember us talking about the wonderful concert held at Haddo last year by local children and Drake Music Scotland. Drake Music Scotland uses a mix of traditional instruments, simple music reading systems and the latest technology to enable anyone and everyone to compse and perform music.
This year they're back at Haddo and six of Aberdeenshire's Special Schools and units will be performing original compositions inspired by a day in the life of Bennachie.
The concert is on 16th June at 1pm in the hall and everyone's welcome to come along.
Just to confirm, our wildlife photography sessions on Saturday are all fully booked, and we do have a waiting list for each session as well. Watch this space though as we may well be running more workshops in the autumn!