East Ayrshire Nature Network


2012-2016

Project aims: To enhance and interpret the natural heritage of the coalfields area at a landscape scale, to deliver biodiversity benefits and support local regeneration.

Background

East Ayrshire’s coalfield region is a landscape of contrasting land uses. The area includes a range of wetland, moorland and bog habitats, including blanket bog and lowland raised bogs which provide specialised habitat for biodiversity. While the bog habitats in the area represent some rich areas for wildlife, many have been damaged by drainage and fragmented by other land uses and this limits their value. Initial work to restore and enhance bog habitats has enabled improvement and provided some benefit to the biodiversity of the region but much more work is needed to create ecological linkages between areas of particular biodiversity value.

Project Objectives

The CEI developed a project for peatland restoration and associated activities which was delivered over 5 years and had the following aims:

  • Enhance: Bring habitats into better management and facilitate funding for conservation and restoration on a landscape scale
  • Promote: The nature heritage of the East Ayrshire Coalfield Region as an internationally important asset & encourage people to explore and have pride in their environment
  • Conserve: Encourage participation in conservation work through volunteering & educational activities

The project had two distinct parts. Peatland restoration was at the heart of this project and we had a target to complete work over a minimum area of 100ha by the end of the project. Additionally, the project sought to raise awareness of the activities undertaken and the importance of bog habitats through a programme of engagement, and to involve the local community through educational and volunteering activities.

Funders

Kind thanks to our supporters for this project:

Scottish Natural Heritage
Heritage Lottery Fund
SEPA
Cumnock and Doon Valley Minerals Trust