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July 2019

Volunteer Event: Large Heath Butterfly Survey at Sorn

4th July 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Large Heath butterflies © Alex Black Help CEI carry out a Large Heath butterfly survey in the Sorn uplands Joint Event with Butterfly Conservation. We’ll meet near Sorn at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Thursday 4th July. We will be carrying out a Large Heath timed count using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) guidelines. Our records will help improve national population monitoring for this important bog indicator species. Survey training will be provided…

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Volunteer Event: Peatland Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey Training

17th July 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Common Hawker © Scott Shanks

Common Hawker © Scott Shanks Dragonfly and damselfly survey at Low Moss near Lugar. *British Dragonfly Week Event!* We’ll meet at Low Moss at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Wednesday 17th July. Following our successful bog restoration work here, there are now many more bog pools for breeding dragonflies and damselflies, We will be carrying out a dragonfly transect  across the restored bog and we’ll also sample for larvae in bogs pools.. The survey…

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Big Butterfly Lunchtime Counts!

19th July 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11th August 2019 @ 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 Vegetation Survey at Sorn – Wednesday 8th August

8th August 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Help the CEI carry out a peatland vegetation survey at Weitshaw Muir in the Muirkirk and North Lowther Special Protection area on Thursday 8th August. This survey will help assess how well the site is recovering following bog restoration work last winter. We will be repeating a survey that was carried out last year, which involves recording the presence or absence of key indicator plant species at fixed points across the bog. We will also…

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Volunteer Event: Peatland Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey Training – Airds Moss

21st August 2019 @ 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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Volunteer Event: Peatland Vegetation Survey at Sorn – Thursday 29th August

29th August 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Weitshaw Muir, Sorn Sorn, East Ayrshire United Kingdom + Google Map

Bog Rosemary (Andomeda polifolia) © CEI Help the CEI carry out a peatland vegetation survey at Weitshaw Muir in the Muirkirk and North Lowther Special Protection area on Thursday 29th August. This survey will help assess how well the site is recovering following bog restoration work last winter. We will be repeating a survey that was carried out last year, which involves recording the presence or absence of key indicator plant species at fixed points…

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September 2019

Volunteer Event: Peatland Vegetation Survey at Weitshaw Muir-19th September

19th September 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Sundews in the sunshine (c) CEI Help the CEI carry out a peatland vegetation survey at Weitshaw Muir in the Muirkirk and North Lowther Special Protection area on Thursday 19th September. This survey will help assess how well the site is recovering following bog restoration work last winter. We will be repeating a survey that was carried out last year, which involves recording the presence or absence of key indicator plant species at fixed points across the bog. We will…

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*CANCELLED* ‘Moth Night’ Event: Peatland Moths and Caterpillars

26th September 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Autumnal moths © Scott Shanks *PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled, however the moth night event at the Barony A Frame (Friday 27th) will be going ahead (dependent on weather) . Apologies for the short notice.- Scott 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…

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

27th September 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 28th September 2019 @ 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’

7th December 2019 @ 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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