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The Dulaig in Abernethy Open Gardens Day 2014

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The Dulaig  in Abernethy Open Gardens Day 2014
We are very pleased to have been invited to open The Dulaig garden to the public on 13 July this year as part of the Abernethy Open Gardens Day.   This very popular event is run by Ian and Eric at Auchendean Lodge. Funds raised this year will go to the restoration of Castle Roy, an 11th century fortress at nearby Nethy Bridge.   Tickets cost £6, allowing admission to about 10 local gardens, and can be bought locally e.g. at "Ewe and Me" in Grantown-on-Spey. ...
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Don't tell Peter Pheasant!!!

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Don't tell Peter Pheasant!!!
This spectacular bird was spotted by our guests Annette and David Chellingsworth when they visited Glenlivet Distillery. A quick look in our guide to birds book told us he is a Reeves’s Pheasant. These birds, quite rare in the UK, can grow to over 2.1 metres long and have been mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest natural tail feather of any bird! We have named him Bruce and we think he is particularly handsome….just don’t tell our Pe...
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Duckling drama

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Duckling drama
We were delighted when Mrs Duck brought her day-old ducklings to our wildlife pond. The 10 ducklings explored their new surroundings, had their first swim and the scene was very peaceful until a second mother duck came along with her new brood of 13 ducklings…..pandemonium broke out! After a battle for “ownership” of the pond the mothers seem to have agreed a truce for now. What will happen next? Watch this space or, even better, come to The Dulaig and see for y...
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Wildlife flocks to The Dulaig wildlife pond

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Wildlife flocks to The Dulaig wildlife pond
Our new wildlife pond works for wildlife! In the few months since we built it the pond has already attracted a wide variety of birds including grey wagtails and a heron. The  pebble beach is a great spot for the baby newts which sun themselves in the shallow water, and blackbirds, doves and other birds love to bathe and drink there too. Red squirrels, pheasants and other birds including up to 17 wild mallard ducks visit the pond every day….. we can’t wait for ...
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