2 Mar 2016
Something a bit different this week, with a group of students practising their field skills in the (very cold) Kelly Burn.
A group of about 40 geography students from the University of Aberdeen came over on Wednesday, and will be back again on Saturday. Their usual training site on the Don was damaged by floodwater and was basically unusable so the Kelly Burn has stepped in...
The group are leaning to measure and map rivers and watercourses and they'll be using their new skills on a range of trips and projects over the next few years, possible even including some freshwater surveys here at Haddo.
This Saturday morning we're hosting the annual visit of the Ythan Cycle Club. They'll be hosting a range of short races for kids from 5-14 years old, from 10am-midday, based in the field by the car park.
If you're interested in getting involved in cycling then the club hosts weekly runs in the area as well as kids events. You can find out all about the club via their website www.ythancc.org.uk or just pop down on Saturday and have a chat with them!
We're also getting ready for our Secret Wildlife of Haddo day a week on Saturday, and we've already got masses of fantastic video and pictures recorded at Haddo over the past couple of months. As well as the videos we'll have lots of other secret wildlife to discover- from animal track and signs to bones and feathers.
There'll also be a visit by Glenn Roberts from North East Scotland Biological Records Centre who'll be talking about how you can get involved in camera trapping in your area.
We'll be at the Pheasantry from 11am-3pm and you can drop in any time and see what we're doing- this is just a little taster of what you might see!
We're also holding a Night Time Wildlife Walk that evening to head out into the park, hopefully looking for badger, fox, owls and possibly even an otter. This walk is almost fully booked but if there's enough demand we may be able to run an extra walk either on Sunday 13th or Saturday 19th March. If you'd like to come along on either of those dates then drop us an email email@example.com or call 01651 851041 and we'll put you on our waiting list.
The second batch of free Easter Sunday car parking tickets will be released at 11am tomorrow morning. You can get yours online at ticketsource.co.uk/haddohousecountrypark or pop into the office any time between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday or Sunday.
Our first batch of parking passes have all gone already, so if you're planning on coming down on Easter Sunday then make sure you get yours in plenty of time. If you've booked on the NTS/Cadbury Easter Trail then you'll get a parking pass automatically and it'll be sent out to you by email closer to the date.