2 Jul 2015
Like the rest of the country we've been enjoying sunshine and blue skies (and the occasional burst of lightning) at Haddo this week.
The warm days have finally bought out the first of the year's brown and blue butterflies- Meadow Browns in the Deer Park, Ringlets around the Doolies and the gorgeous, bright Common Blues on the Bird's-foot Trefoil in the wild flower meadow.
There are some lovely day-flying moths around at the moment as well- sooty black Chimney Sweepers and pale Common White Wave as well as a couple of red and black Six-spot Burnet Moths. We're still hoping to do some trapping for night flying moths during the summer, this hot weather should be ideal for it but it's been hard to find a night where it hasn't been raining and it's okay to leave the trap out without it turning into a moth swimming pool...
We're hoping this warm weather will stay until at least Sunday when we'll be hosting a Bumblebee Safari with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, as part of the Energetica Summer Festival.
The safari itself starts at midday and will go around the park looking for bees and looking at what plants and flowers attract bees to the park. Afterwards there'll be two hours of fun family activities in the Pheasantry. All the details, and how to book on the safari, are on our events page.
We've got lots going on for the first week of the summer holidays. On Tuesday we've got the first of our weekly guided walks - there's a different topic each week and our first walk features the story of the changing landscape here at Haddo.
Then on Friday we'll be doing some bushcraft out in the park with the Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service. We'll be teaching knife skills, rope-making and lots of other outdoor skills, we'd strongly recommend this event for 7 years and over only and all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
And if that wasn't enough, nxt weekend we welcome back Erskine's Regiment who will be setting up their 17th Century Military Camp in the park, defending Haddo from the invading Covenanter Army. This was a fantastic event last year with pike drills, musket displays and sword fighting in a fantastic setting. The camp will be open from 11am each day and entry is absolutely free.
Finally a thank you to everyone who came to the Haddo Hit the Road Festival last week- the visitors, bikers, exhibtiors and to Irene and everyone at the NTS for organising the event. The weekend was rounded off in style by a parade of bikes through thep ark and you can see lots of photos and a short video of the parade on our Facebook page