Bog Blog

Latest peatland enhancement – update!

The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) is delighted to have rounded off 2017 with the completion of a new phase of peatland enhancement at Common Farm, near Cumnock, East Ayrshire. This brings the area of peatland enhanced by the CEI within the East Ayrshire coalfields to 450 hectares! Common Farm was […]

Biodiversity on the bog – a day at Airds Moss

On Tuesday we teamed up with the RSPB Airds Moss wardens and CEI volunteers to monitor peatland plants and water levels across the bog. Vegetation is surveyed annually at a number of fixed quadrats across the improved areas of the moss, as well two control areas representing “good” and “bad” bog habitat. Despite […]

Peatbog Star Species education programme

At the start of 2015 the CEI ran an exciting new Peatbog Star Species education programme to primary schools in the coalfield region of East Ayrshire. Primary 4, 5 and 6 pupils of New Cumnock, Auchinleck, Barshare. Muirkirk and Patna were given the opportunity to champion ‘star species’ of the […]

CEI staff visit Norway

ERASMUS+ Arch Network NET project study visit to Norway 23 – 30 May 2016 In May 2016 I had the good fortune to go on a study visit to Norway to learn about wildlife and land management, particularly relating to forestry and conflicts between humans and large carnivores (lynx, wolves, […]

Dotterel hunt

In the first week of May, according to our very wise ornithologist friends, it is a good time to head to the hills in search of dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) – a medium sized bird of the plover family – as they pass through on their spring migration. We’d had a […]