News and events


Volunteer Day: 28th August, Peatland Plant Survey at Shiel Farm

Discover the fascinating world of bog botanicals as we monitor peatland plants across Shiel Farm. From sphagnum to sundew, each plant tells a story! No experience necessary.   Contact CEI Project Officer, Gemma Jennings to register or find out more: gemma.jennings@ea-cei.org.uk or call 01563 576771


Volunteer Day: 22nd August, Hydrology and Peatland Plant Survey at Airds Moss

A healthy bog will have a high water level which supports the growth of sphagnum mosses. As part of our long-term monitoring of Airds Moss we’ll be measuring water levels in the dipwells and monitoring vegetation across the site. No experience necessary.   Contact CEI Project Officer, Gemma Jennings to register […]


Volunteer Day: 16th August, Hydrology and Beetle Monitoring at Shiel Farm

We’ll combine our usual water level monitoring with collecting beetles from pitfall traps that have been in place this summer. Will the improved bog habitat have attracted new species? Contact CEI Project Officer, Gemma Jennings to register or find out more: gemma.jennings@ea-cei.org.uk or call 01563 576771


In search of the Large Heath butterfly

On July 3rd, we met up with CEI volunteers and RSPB staff to survey RSPB Airds Moss for the Large Heath butterfly. The Large Heath is a bog specialist and priority species for the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, and has been recorded at the site for the past few years. Successful […]


Hello from the new Project Officer, Gemma Jennings

My name is Gemma Jennings and I’m the new Project Officer at the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative. This is my first week on the job; I was lucky enough to spend my first day out in the field at RSPB Airds Moss where I joined the CEI Project Officer, […]


Soggy bog brings back breeding birds!

A local nature enthusiast has reported that curlew Numenius arquata, lapwing Vanellus vanellus, and skylark Alauda arvensis have returned to breed at Low Moss, a raised bog near Lugar, following recent habitat enhancement work by East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI). Curlew, lapwing and skylark were once a common sight […]


Volunteer Day: 27th July Bog Vegetation monitoring at Dalmellington Moss

As part of our Peatland Monitoring Programme we will be surveying the key indicator plants on the beautiful Dalmellington Moss SSSI, which is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) as a Wildlife Reserve. Working with SWT and volunteers we will be surveying the fixed quadrats on the reserve and recording the plant […]


Volunteer Day: 3rd July Large heath butterfly monitoring

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 bog enhancement 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 […]