Another touch of magic on Deeside...

Fairy doors at Glen Muick
Fairy doors at Glen Muick

The first of the Balmoral Rangers’ free summer events for children has resulted in a wee bit of magic among the ancient Scots pines of Glen Muick.

A group of adults and children made a number of fairy doors for the trees as part of the Wonderful Woodlands event on July 17.

Some of the doors were left in place to fulfil their aim of allowing fairies to see the way into the trees.

Others were taken home for use by garden fairies.

The annual ranger-led events have so far included a Deer and Squirrel Afternoon (July 24) and today (July 31) there is a Wildlife Treasure Hunt.

Balmoral Estates’ Head Ranger Glyn Jones said the Thursday afternoon sessions included nature-based activities, games and storytelling.

He also said that the idea for the doors had come from something he had learned at a course as an enchanting way of engaging children with the lore and legends surrounding forests.

The craft part of the woodland event was held under the trees at Glen Muick visitor centre, and the children were entertained during construction work by a host of impromptu natural guests including a tiny looper caterpillar and an inquisitive chaffinch.

The final two sessions of the summer are on August 7 and 14, covering wildlife homes and feeders and beautiful bogs and rivers. All events are free at the Spittal of Glen Muick Visitor Centre from 2 – 4pm on Thursdays. Children must be accompanied and booking is essential on 013397 55059.

This is the second instance of fairy doors in Deeside. Early this year doors began popping up in the Old Wood at Drum Castle. Drum’s doors have continued to appear, with the most recent addition to the gardens being a ‘fairy patio’.