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September 2018

Curlew Conservation: The role of farmers, peatland and predators – Auchinleck

19th September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Boswell Centre, Auchinleck

Are you interested in farm conservation or wanting to increase wildlife on your farm? We are taking part in an event that is being run by the Farm Advisory Service and RSPB and will cover topics that are beneficial to farming businesses and farmland wildlife. Curlew (c) RSPB Topics to be discussed on the day include: Agri-Environment Schemes and Capital Items Peatland restoration Predator control Rush and vegetation management Farm woodland opportunities Bringing areas of rank rush…

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Volunteer water level monitoring: Thursday 20th September 2018

20th September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hydrological monitoring at Common Farm (c) CEI 2017 Join CEI and help gather important environmental monitoring data that we use to evaluate the success of our restoration work. We'll meet at Common Farm to carry out water level monitoring across the boggy bits of the farm that were re-wetted last winter. 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…

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Volunteer plant survey at Sorn: Thursday 27th September 2018

27th September 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bring your boots for a brain and body-boosting botanical blitz at a nearby BOG! We'll be surveying the amazing and unique plant communities of a peat bog near Sorn as part of our monitoring programme to assess the health of the peatland habitat before and after restoration takes place. Volunteers will get the chance to put their plant ID skills to the test by identifying and recording presence/absence of key indicator species. Don't worry -…

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October 2018

Volunteer scrub pulling: Thursday 11th October 2018

11th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Airds Moss RSPB Reserve

Help us tackle some of the issues of scrub encroachment that threaten our bogs. Be warned, this is 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. For more information or to register please contact Daisy on 07766185987 or via info@ea-cei.org.uk.  

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Bird’s eye bog: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) flight training

30th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to safely operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or ‘drone’ in the countryside. (c) Dave Beaumont (RSPB) The CEI use its drone to capture bird’s-eye photographs of its restoration sites to help assess habitat health and monitor changes following restoration work (e.g. ditch-blocking or tree removal). We would like to train our volunteers to be able to help us carry out this important work. The training will include an introductory session including the…

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February 2019

Nature Network Path Patrol at New Cumnock

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Cumnock New Cumnock, Ayrshire KA18 4AH + Google Map

New Cumnock Path Patrol! Join the CEI team (Daisy and Scott) on Wednesday 20th February to kick-start this year's volunteer activities with a Path Patrol at New Cumnock. We'll be checking some of the shorter paths around New Cumnock for winter damage, identifying over-grown areas and sections that might need repair work. We'll also be replacing some of the missing way-marker discs (so shouldn't be too strenuous a day). Hopefully the weather will behave and…

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April 2019

Aquatic Invertebrate Survey – Low Moss

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Low Moss, Lugar Cumnock, Ayrshire KA18 3LR United Kingdom + Google Map

Aquatic Invertebrates (c) Scott Shanks Help CEI carry out an aquatic invertebrate survey at Low Moss near Lugar We’ll meet at Low Moss at 10:00 for a 10:15 start on Thursday 25th April. Following our successful bog restoration work here, there are now many more bog pools for breeding aquatic invertebrates. We'll be sampling a variety of pools across the bog to assess which species have colonised the re-wetted site. The survey results will help…

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May 2019

Workshop: An Introduction to Ayrshire’s Pollinators

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
New Cumnock New Cumnock, Ayrshire + Google Map

Scottish Pollinators (c) Scott Shanks Join the CEI team and the New Cumnock Development Trust for a FREE Introduction to Ayrshire’s amazing pollinators!   The day will focus on native bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinators, their ecology and survey techniques. Indoor session (10 am-12.30 pm) - Booking Essential!                                                      …

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Volunteer Event: Peatland Breeding Bird Survey at Sorn

May 16 @ 8:45 am - 12:30 pm
Weitshaw Muir, Sorn Sorn, East Ayrshire KA5 6JP United Kingdom + Google Map

Curlew © RSPB Help CEI carry out a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) of in the Muirkirk and North Lowther Special Protection area on Thursday 16th May. CEI staff and volunteers will head out across the peatland habitat to record breeding bird activity before returning to ‘base camp’ to have a go at territory mapping. This is the second year of BBS surveys on the site, and it will be interesting to see if last winter’s peatland re-wetting…

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Dingy Skipper Surveys at Barony A Frame & Whitehills Community Woodland

May 25 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Dingy Skipper hunt at Barony A Frame (c) Scott Shanks Joint event with Butterfly Conservation: Dingy Skipper butterfly survey at the Barony A Frame and Whitehills Community Woodland near Auchinleck.. We’ll meet at the Barony A Frame at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Saturday 25th May to look for one of Scotland’s rarest butterflies, the Dingy Skipper! Our records will help improve national distribution maps for this species. Survey training will be provided and…

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