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May 2019

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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June 2019

Workshop: An Introduction to Ayrshire’s Pollinators – Dumfries House

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA18 2NJ, Dumfries House
Cumnock, Ayrshire KA18 2NJ United Kingdom
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Ayrshire Pollinators (c) Scott Shanks Join the CEI and Dumfries House's Education Team 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

June 14 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
Weitshaw Muir, Sorn Sorn, East Ayrshire KA5 6JP United Kingdom + Google Map

Skylark sitting in heather (c) RSPB Help CEI carry out the second Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) of 2019 at Weitshaw Muir in the Muirkirk and North Lowther Special Protection area on Friday 14th June. CEI staff and volunteers will head out across the blanket bog to record breeding bird activity (singing & displaying) before returning to ‘base camp’ to have a go at territory mapping. This is the second year of breeding bird surveys on…

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Volunteer Event: Large Heath Butterfly Survey at Low Moss, Lugar

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Large Heath © Tom Wilson Help CEI carry out a Large Heath butterfly survey at Low Moss near Lugar. Joint Event with Butterfly Conservation. We’ll meet at Low Moss at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Thursday 20th June. 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: Large Heath Butterfly Survey at Dalmellington Moss

June 22 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
dalmellington, Dalmellington Old Graveyard
Dalmellington, East Ayrshire ka6 7qu United Kingdom
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Large Heath © Tom Wilson Help CEI carry out a Large Heath butterfly survey at SWT Dalmellington Moss, near Dalmellington. Joint Event with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation. We’ll meet at SWT Dalmellington Moss at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Saturday 22nd June. 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…

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July 2019

Volunteer Event: Large Heath Butterfly Survey at Sorn

July 4 @ 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

July 17 @ 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!

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 Vegetation Survey at Sorn – Wednesday 8th August

August 8 @ 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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