Take action for nature
The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) is working with the community to enhance, conserve and promote the environment in East Ayrshire. Our programme of environmental education provides a hands-on learning experience and introduces pupils to the amazing wildlife and important habitats found in the region. We aim to connect children with their local environment and inspire an interest in science and environmental stewardship.
Our current project looks at peatlands, a special and exciting habitat that makes up much of the East Ayrshire coalfields. Peatlands are important for biodiversity and water quality and a healthy bog locks in carbon, playing an important role in climate change. Our education programme can help deliver a range of CfE outcomes and the topic of peatlands can provide a great basis for scientific studies as well as a springboard for historical, cultural and artistic studies. To find out what CEI projects East Primary Schools have been involved in take a look at our Peatbog Star Species and Peatland Scientists updates.
In addition to resources the CEI can provide there is an abundance of peatland-themed educational resources available online:
- Explore and discover habitats with simple activities such as the habitat game, smelly potions, sound map and nature’s palette!
- Scottish Natural Heritage: Peatlands – a guide to educational activities for schools
- Scottish Natural Heritage: Wild Wet and Wonderful
- Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Bogs – The World Around Us
- Highland Environmental Network: Schools out – Field work made easy, Peatlands
- The Irish Peatland Conservation Council website is an excellent website for resources, books and DVD’s
To find out more about education opportunities, please contact our Project Officer, Dr Gemma Jennings at email@example.com or on 01563 576771.