30 Jul 2015
It doesn't always feel like it when you're out in the fairly constant rain but we are right in the middle of high summer here at Haddo.
The covers are off the golden gates and they're looking absolutely splendid after their recent touch-up. Applying the gilding properly is something that can only be done in warm (but not too warm) dry weather, so as you can imagine it's been a little bit of a challenge getting it finished...
We've also been hard at work in the wildlife garden, with two great groups of volunteers helping us to convert it into a wildlife garden with a difference- full of art and sculpture made from recycled and reused materials.
Our regular volunteers Mhairi, Simona, Hannah, Holly and Lianne have now been joined by a group from the Ellon Bridge Project and they're well under way clearing the paths, cutting back some of the overgrown vegetation and creating a new seating area. They've uncovered lots of forgotten treasures including an old pathway lined with lavender which will be a lovely feature in the new garden.
If you'd like to join them the garden volunteers meet on a Monday and Wednesday, you can come every session, once a month or just as often as you can. To get involved drop in the office, give us a call on 01651 851041 or email Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One job for the next week is to spend 15 minutes in the meadow by the lake recording all sightings of butterflies and moths for Butterfly Conservation's national Big Butterfly Count. Similar to the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, the butterfly count relies on getting lots and lots of counts from the general public, which they'll use to make a map of butterfly distribution across the country and then track which species are doing well, or possibly doing badly.
Our butterfly records have been a bit patchy this year because of the weather but we'll be pretty confident of recording at least 8 different species during our count if we manage to find a nice day to do it!
If you'd like to get involved then you can find all the details here. IF you want some help on identifying common butterflies and other insects then why not join us for this wee's Tuesday walk focussing on butterflies, damselfies and wild flowers. It starts at 10.30am and you can find all the details of how to book here.
Both of our Haddo coffee shops and nearby Formartines have made it onto the Tolquhon Gallery's list of best 6 places to have coffee and cake in the local area. Obviously we're slightly biased, but hard not to agree!
You can find the full list (and a bit about the Tolquhon Gallery itself) on their blog here