News and events


Winter walks in New Cumnock

Looking for a little winter walk inspiration in East Ayrshire? Then why not check out the lovely series of walks provided by the New Cumnock Access Network Routes? This network of paths was developed by the CEI in 2012 to improve access to the envrionment around New Cumnock. The routes […]


International Volunteers Day

Today is #InternationalVolunteersDay so we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who have helped over the years and continue to make a massive contribution to our work across the East Ayrshire Coalfield! If you’d like to find out what they’ve been up to lately, […]


Fence markers for grouse and Sitka spruce removal – December 6th & 11th

Join us for a day (or two!) of  practical conservation tasks at RSPB Airds Moss on December 6th and 11th. We’ll be working with our partners, RSPB Scotland to make improvements for Black and Red Grouse. Grouse are threatened by fence collisions, which can be a significant cause of mortality. Many of […]


Funding secured to renew industrialised heartland of East Ayrshire

The Coalfield Environment Initiative has worked with partners of the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership to secure a £2.56m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund* The Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership will work with communities to deliver interlinked projects that address environmental issues, enhance and intepret historic structures, facilitate access to the landscape […]


National Moth Night at Hannahston Community Woodland – Thursday 12th October, 7pm-9pm

Join the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) and local moth expert Tom Vorsterman on National Moth Night as we discover the variety of moths that make Hannahston Community Woodland their home . This free, family-friendly event is great for both children and adults with an interest in wildlife. Moths will be […]


Bog Wildlife Identification Workshop

Come join the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative and Where’s Wildilfe in Ayrshire for an afternoon of investigating the wildlife of Low Moss. Samples will be collected from the bog in the morning by the project officers, and we need your help to identify the plants and animals that make […]


Creative opportunity for eco-theatre!

Scottish Natural Heritage is seeking a creative individual or team to design, develop and deliver a theatre project as a key audience engagement element of the EcoCoLIFE habitat management project, of which the CEI is a partner organisation. Please see http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A2392688.pdf for details about the opportunity and how to apply.  


Tues 12th September – We’re going on a spider hunt!

The search for the rare Cloud-living spider (Semljicola caliginosus) continues as we survey the spiders of Shiel Farm in partnership with RSPB Scotland. We’ll be deploying the bug vac and identifying as many species as we can on the day. The morning will be spent on the bog and the afternoon […]