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Cumnock Treasure Trail – National Map Reading Week: Thursday 19th October   Recently updated !

Come along and pick up some map-reading skills before setting off on the Cumnock Treasure Trail. The trail will take you on an adventure through Cumnock as you attempt to find 10 markers and answer the questions at each one. There will be a prize for the team/individual with the […]

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

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 […]

Exciting opportunity to join CEI Board

We wish to advertise an exciting opportunity to help lead an outstanding environmental charity working in East Ayrshire. East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) is a successful partnership between the local authority and conservation bodies, working with the community for over 10 years to enhance, conserve, and promote the environment […]

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 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 […]

Biodiversity on the bog – a day at Airds Moss

On Tuesday we teamed up with the RSPB Airds Moss wardens and CEI volunteers to monitor peatland plants and water levels across the bog. Vegetation is surveyed annually at a number of fixed quadrats across the improved areas of the moss, as well two control areas representing “good” and “bad” bog habitat. Despite […]

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: 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 […]