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Wildlife and Wild Weather

23 Jun 2016

Energetica walking and wildlife festival has been celebrated at Haddo with two Bat Watches and two puffin walks at Bullers of Buchan.  Summer this year is full of hiccups, sunny days interrupted by rain and wind.   We also welcomed the Great Global Greyhound Walk to the Park last Sunday.

Batty Evenings

The two bat watch evenings at Haddo were an opportunity to see at close quarters the 600+ bats living in Haddo Stable Block.  The bats appear at dusk to hunt for insects and can be seen flying out from the rafters.  Bat expert, Isobel Davidson, came to talk about the different types of bat found at Haddo, including Daubenton and Pipistrelle. Visitors had the unique opportunity to see bats at close quarters, a treat rarely experienced.

Puffin Delights

Visitors on the Puffin Walks at Bullers of Buchan were blessed with the sight of many puffins nesting in the cliff tops and posing on ledges for photographs.  These summer visitors come in their hundreds to the Aberdeenshire coast, at Fowlsheugh, Bullers of Buchan and Longhaven.  We also saw kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and shags.

Global Greyhounds

The Great Global Greyhound Walks take place each year to raise the profile of hounds which have been rescued or retired (from racing).  Last Sunday 34 dogs came to Haddo to parade around the park in glorious sunshine.   The Global Greyhound Walks take place across the world on the same day.  Our local group based at Methlick organised the walk this year at Haddo.

End of Term Adventures

Haddo has been the chosen location for lots of school groups as the end of the school year approaches.  Schools have provided their own activities or asked for inspiration from staff.  The playground provides great play opportunities whilst the parkland offers the chance to learn about the great variety of trees and birdlife.

Happy Returns

Happy to be back!  Seasonal Visitor Services Officer, Elaine Sherriffs, is here again from now until the end of October, based in the Visitors Centre, organising volunteering activities and welcoming visitors to Haddo.