News and events

Contractors have installed extra long peat dams to re-wet a heavily drained area at Dalmellington Moss (c) CEI 2017

That’s a lot of water, for peat’s sake!

The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) have carried out ditch blocking at two raised peat bogs in East Ayrshire, creating wetland habitat and supporting peat formation.  Raised bogs are rare and threatened wetland habitats containing peat soils. In the UK, we have lost around 94% of our raised bog habitat through agricultural drainage, peat extraction for horticulture and afforestation.  Low Moss and Dalmellington Moss are two of the best examples of this habitat remaining […]

5th April – Wildlife Tracking and Field Craft Workshop with Tom Wilson

Come along and learn how to track and watch wildlife using a variety of techniques and importantly make records of some of the things we find! Tom will give a talk on field craft and camera trapping including some of his fascinating natural history items before heading outside to practice these skills in the beautiful Auchinleck estate. Photo by Tom Wilson To book or for more information please get in touch with Jennifer Dunn, CEI Project Officer, at or call 01563 576771.

5th April - Wildlife Tracking and Field Craft Workshop

5th November – 1 Day Wildlife Digital Photography Course

Learn how to take great wildlife photographs with your own camera then see your results on screen. Advice, encouragement and ideas from experienced conservation photographer David Palmar. For inspiration we will be exploring Catrine Voes, East Ayrshire’s first Local Nature Reserve. The river is home to Otters, Heron, Kingfisher and Dipper, and there will be plenty of plants and fungi too. Due to limited spaces on this course booking is essential so please get in touch with […]

5th November - 1 Day Wildlife Digital Photography Course


“A Brief History of Airds Moss” by CEI volunteer Alexander Black

Alexander Black has been volunteering with the CEI for a number of years, more recently helping to monitor and survey peatland sites as part of the Nature Network and EcoCo LIFE projects. He has written this piece for the CEI BogBlog about the fascinating history of Airds Moss, one of the CEI’s peatland enhancement sites. Airds Moss begins about one and a half miles east-north-east of Auchinleck village and extends for a distance of about […]

31st January – Water-level Monitoring

A healthy bog will have a high water table (close to or at the surface) which supports the growth of peat-forming plants such as Sphagnum mosses. We will be recording the water level of Airds Moss using dipwells that were installed 3 years ago. This is part of a long-term peatland monitoring programme to determine whether enhancement works are improving the bog’s condition. No experience is necessary! To register to attend or for more information please get in touch with Jennifer Dunn, CEI […]


Leaky peat: a collaborative approach at Dalmellington Moss

CEI project manager, Daisy, and Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) reserves manager, Gill Smart, led stakeholders on a visit to Dalmellington Moss SSSI to discuss the past and future management of the site. The attendees were Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Peatland Action Manager and wetland specialist, Andrew McBride, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Natural Heritage Officer, Emily Taylor, and Openspace (Cumbria) Ltd Director, Jonathon Rook. The objective was to inspect a dam put in place in […]