Past Successes


New Cumnock Access Network

Completed at the end of 2012, the CEI has developed a network of new and improved paths in New Cumnock to improve access to the local environment for local residents and visitors, bring benefits to wildlife and to the health of the local community, provide volunteering opportunities for members of the local community to learn new skills, and support local landowners, community groups and businesses who were keen to support recreation and footpath development.

Click the link to view or download: New Cumnock Access Network Routes Booklet

New Cumnock Habitat Network

Through this project, the CEI aimed to build on the impact of the Wetland Enhancement Project and enable wildlife to spread much more widely in the countryside around New Cumnock, by enhancing the landscape surrounding the town, giving local residents and visitors more opportunity to engage with nature, raising awareness of the benefits of wildlife and conservation, and providing landowners with the right tools to access agri-environment funding.

Wetland Enhancement Project

This 2011 project brought benefits to both wildlife and the rural economy around the River Nith and Lugar Water by encouraging landowners to work together to access the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP). The project targeted environmental management of wetlands to benefit diffuse pollution and water quality, and help birds such as farmland waders and animals like bats and water voles.

Captured Through Time

Between 26th October 2009 and 6th November 2009 the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative held an exhibition about New Cumnock’s changing natural landscapes at the Castle Primary School in New Cumnock. The exhibition has been transferred to an online record of New Cumnock’s changing environment.

Find out more about the project and view the online exhibition.

Chalmerston Woodland

Completed in 2009, the CEI were involved in this project to expand priority woodland habitats in East Ayrshire, to encourage priority species such as black grouse and juniper, and to improve the visual quality of the Dalmellington landscape.

Hannahston Wetland

Completed in 2007, the CEI again worked in partnership on this project to expand priority wetland habitats in East Ayrshire, aiming to encourage priority species such as song thrush, dragonflies, butterflies and bats; to engage the local community, encourage ownership and stimulate learning and awareness of conservation biodiversity, and; to create a diverse range of habitats that local people will enjoy and appreciate.