31 Mar 2016
We've survived the Easter Weekend, so time to make the most of a quiet few days before the holidays...
First of all, a huge thanks to everyone who came to Haddo over the Easter weekend. Special thanks to Oldmeldrum Rotary for the Sunday Egg Hunt, Ellon Rotary, Scouts, Aberdeenshire Council, Cadbury's, NTS and everyone else involved in organising events and car parking over the four days.
Hopefully you all had a great weekend and got in and out without any problems or too much of a wait for a parking space this year!
Away from the hustle and bustle over the Easter weekend, there's been a lovely mix of spring wildlife on show this week.
Yellow Lesser Celandine is flowering all over the place, The Marsh Marigolds by the lake are just about to open and the gardens are full of Crocuses, Tulips and Daffodils. Even the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly that's been hibernating in my office all winter has woken up and been safely released back out into the wild!
The first of our spring birds have arrived as in the park as well. There was a Lesser Black-backed Gull (a summer visitor in this part of the world) perched on the Waterloo Monument on Monday and a real treat- a pair of Dipper bobbing about in the water on the Kelly Burn. We do see Dippers at Haddo quite regularly through the summer but it'd be lovely to see them settle down and breed here this year.
The best place to see them is to look downstream from the Cascade Bridge, or from the dam.
There's plenty coming up over the Easter holidays here at Haddo. The HHCOS 70th Anniversary Gilbert & Sullivan Sing Along Gala on Saturday has sold out, but should be a fantastic evening if you managed to grab some tickets.
For families the Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service is running some Kids' Spring Bushcraft on Tuesday 5th April. We've got a couple of places left on our Red Squirrel Breakfast morning walk on the 9th April, then there's the Great British Dog Walk on Saturday 16th and a Spring Wildlife Wander on Sunday 17th.
You can also tour Haddo House on Sundays and Mondays, and the NTS tearoom and shop are open 7 days a week from 11am-5pm from now until October.