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June 2018

Volunteer event: Butterfly survey *NEW DATE/TIME*

22nd June 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join CEI in the hills around Sorn to survey butterflies! Over the past few years, with the help of CEI volunteers, we have been very excited to record large heath butterflies on RSPB Airds Moss and our other peatland sites. Large heath is a priority species for the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and also a bog specialist. We will continue to monitor this population which will not only help to contribute to a nationwide survey to determine the population and abundance of butterflies in the UK but…

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*CANCELLED* Family volunteers: Butterfly survey

23rd June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us on Saturday 23rd June, 13:00 – 15:00, at a local nature spot to survey butterflies on the wing as part of the CEI’s Nature Network Legacy project. (c) SNH No experience is necessary, just bring your wellies, waterproofs and a snack/drink. This event is suitable for families with children, as long as they are able to walk safely over uneven and wet ground. Please not that this event is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in…

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Volunteer butterfly survey at Low Moss

28th June 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Daisy inspects large heath butterfly caught at Sorn (c) Tom Wilson What could be a finer way to spend a lovely, sunny day than counting butterflies in the countryside and then picnicking together in the sunshine? Join CEI for a volunteer butterfly survey at Low Moss. We'll meet at Low Moss at 10:30 for a 10:45 start. The survey will follow United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) guidelines and be submitted as part of the…

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July 2018

Mystical Moths at the Barony A Frame

24th July 2018 @ 9:30 pm - 25th July 2018 @ 12:00 am

East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative is excited to be working in partnership with Where's Wildlife in Ayrshire? Project and Tom Vorsterman to provide this informal workshop. No previous experience in moth trapping or wildlife recording is necessary - just a keen interest in nature and an enjoyment of seeing and identifying the wildlife around you. There are over 2,500 species of moth in Britain, living across a wide range of habitats. Moths can tell us…

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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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