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July 2019

Big Butterfly Lunchtime Counts!

July 19 @ 10:00 am - August 11 @ 8:00 pm

Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell (c) Scott Shanks Join the CEI team for a series of lunchtime Big Butterfly Counts across East Ayrshire. Grab a sandwich, pencil and free ID guide, and lets go count some butterflies! Look out for our regular updates on Twitter and Facebook to find out where we are going to be. Come join us if you are near by, or pop out and do a count in your…

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August 2019

Volunteer Event: Peatland Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey Training (tbc)

August 21 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Airds Moss RSPB Reserve

Common Hawker © Scott Shanks We'll be teaming up with RSPB Scotland to carry out a dragonfly and damselfly survey at RSPB Airds Moss near Muirkirk. We’ll meet at the Netherwell Wood carpark at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Wednesday 21st August. Following the successful bog restoration work here there are now more bog pools for breeding dragonflies and damselflies, We will be carrying out a dragonfly transect  across the restored peatland and we’ll…

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September 2019

Volunteer Training Event: Peatland Survey Skills (Location tbc)

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hydrological monitoring at Common Farm (c) CEI 2017 Join CEI for an introduction to Peatland Survey Skills (FREE). We’ll meet at 10am, and after a brief introduction to peatlands and their ecology, we’ll demonstrate how to carry out a range of useful peatland survey skills including assessment of site drainage features, a peatland vegetation survey, a peat depth survey and monitoring (and installation) of simple hydrology monitoring equipment. No previous experience necessary. This will hopefully…

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‘Moth Night’ Event: Peatland Moths and Caterpillars

September 26 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Autumnal moths © Scott Shanks Join the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative team to celebrate Moth Night 2019!  We’ll be running two events this year. A peatland moth recording day on Thursday 26th September (location to be confirmed) and an evening event on Friday 27th at the amazing Barony A Frame, near Auchinleck. No previous experience in moth trapping or wildlife recording is necessary – just a keen interest in nature and an enjoyment of…

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‘Moth Night’ Event: Awesome Autumnal Moths of the Barony A Frame!

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - September 28 @ 12:00 am

Autumnal moths © Scott Shanks Join the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative team to celebrate Moth Night 2019!  We’ll be running two events this year. Peatland moth recording day on Thursday 26th September (location to be confirmed) and an evening event on Friday 27th at the amazing Barony A Frame, near Auchinleck. No previous experience in moth trapping or wildlife recording is necessary – just a keen interest in nature and an enjoyment of seeing…

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December 2019

Volunteer Event: Peatland Scrub & Sitka Bashing! ‘Take home a Christmas Tree’

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

  Conifer encroachment on to peat bog © CEI Help us tackle some of the issues of scrub and conifer encroachment that threatens our bogs. This can be physically demanding, yet highly rewarding work. A degree of fitness will be important as we are crossing wet, uneven terrain. Please bring wellies, waterproofs, warm clothes, and a packed lunch and drink. Should be lots of fun! Location to be confirmed! Bonus: Harvest your own wee Christmas…

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