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5th November - 1 Day Wildlife Digital Photography Course

5th November – 1 Day Wildlife Digital Photography Course

Learn how to take great wildlife photographs with your own camera then see your results on screen. Advice, encouragement and ideas from experienced conservation photographer David Palmar. For inspiration we will be exploring Catrine Voes, East Ayrshire’s first Local Nature Reserve. The river is home to Otters, Heron, Kingfisher and Dipper, and there will be plenty of plants and fungi too. Due to limited spaces on this course booking is essential so please get in touch with […]


31st January – Water-level Monitoring

A healthy bog will have a high water table (close to or at the surface) which supports the growth of peat-forming plants such as Sphagnum mosses. We will be recording the water level of Airds Moss using dipwells that were installed 3 years ago. This is part of a long-term peatland monitoring programme to determine whether enhancement works are improving the bog’s condition. No experience is necessary! To register to attend or for more information please get in touch with Jennifer Dunn, CEI […]


31st August – Installing dipwells

We will be installing new dipwells on an area of peatland that was dammed earlier this year using peat trench bunds as part of re-wetting works on Shiel Farm in collaboration with RSPB Scotland. Dipwells will be constructed out of plastic pipes, tights and plant pots! (of course!) Once in place these dipwells can be monitored year after year to see any changes in water-level after re-wetting works. To register to attend or for more information please get […]


22nd May – Water-level Monitoring

A healthy bog will have a high water table (close to or at the surface) which supports the growth of peat-forming plants such as Sphagnum mosses. We will be recording the water level of Airds Moss using dipwells that were installed a few years ago. This is part of a long-term peatland monitoring programme to determine whether enhancement works are improving the bog’s condition. No experience is necessary!   To register to attend or for more information please get in touch with […]

22nd May - Water Level Monitoring

24th June - Using Your Ears Workshop

24th June – USING YOUR EARS Bat Identification Workshop

This ‘using your ears’ workshop run by the Bat Conservation Trust involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. Bat sounds aid species identification using a heterodyne bat detector in the field and this workshop will go into detail on how to identify calls using this technique. The outdoor session will be putting skills learnt into practice at Craigengillan Estate in Dalmellington where an amazing 7 species of Bat have been recorded! The workshop […]


28th April – Wildlife Garden and Path Network Celebration

Come and get involved in a fun day of activities at the Community Wildlife Garden in New Cumnock to celebrate the beautiful environment that New Cumnock has to offer. We will be installing a  new planter and sowing wildflower seeds, finishing off the bug hotels and celebrating the launch of our new path network leaflets! There will be information on the New Cumnock path network and wildlife gardening as well as a chance to have a […]

28th April - Wildlife Garden and Path Network Celebration

21st September – Moth morning and Plant quadrats

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about moth and invertebrate recording and identification, and great fun too. We will be taking a trip to a new peatland site called Low Moss, a raised bog and Provisional Wildlife Site that is in close proximity to Airds Moss Special Area of Conservation. Tom Vorsterman an experienced local moth recorder and CEI volunteer will locate his traps on the site the night before, before emptying and identifying them with the help of willing volunteers the […]


3rd April – Black Grouse Survey

Join us for this exciting survey of Black Grouse in Muirkirk! The magnificent male Black Grouse display to females at specific locations called leks at around sunrise – an early start but well worth it! We will be monitoring known leks from last year and covering new sites too. This survey is part of a long term monitoring project to determine the local population status and distribution of Black Grouse, a bird that has suffered long term population declines throughout […]


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17th April – Moorland bird Identification and Survey Workshop

Improve your bird identification and survey skills along with learning how to make your records available for conservation projects. Recording birds in your local area is both fun and rewarding. Your help can contribute to understanding the state of bird populations and habitats in the UK. No previous experience is necessary just an interest in birds and the environment! The workshop will include: Outdoor morning session practising bird ID and survey skills near Cairn Table in Muirkirk. Indoor afternoon session going […]