airds moss


Volunteer Day: 17th October, Hydrology 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 across the site. No experience necessary. Contact CEI Project Officer, Gemma Jennings to register or find out more: gemma.jennings@ea-cei.org.uk […]


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 […]


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, […]


Quantifying Qualitative contents of Quadrats with a metal detector – by Grace Lawrie

On August 18th a small group of volunteers joined Daisy, Jen and a visiting Health and Safety Officer at Shiel Farm to locate quadrats that had been previously spread out over the site. Each quadrat squared off an area of 2 m2 that was representative of the plants in that […]


21st September – Moth morning and Plant quadrats

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about moth and invertebrate recording and identification, and great fun too. We will be taking a trip to a new peatland site called Low Moss, a raised bog and Provisional Wildlife Site that is in close proximity to Airds Moss Special Area of Conservation. Tom Vorsterman an experienced local moth […]