Volunteer Event: Vegetation Survey at Weitshaw Muir, Sorn Thursday 29th August

Help the CEI carry out a peatland vegetation survey at Weitshaw Muir in the Muirkirk and North Lowther Special Protection area on Thursday 29th August. This survey will help assess how well the site is recovering following bog restoration work last winter. We will be repeating a survey that was […]

Bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia) (c) CEI

Volunteer Event: Peatland Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey Training – Airds Moss

We’ll be teaming up with RSPB Scotland to carry out a dragonfly and damselfly survey at RSPB Airds Moss near Muirkirk. We’ll meet at the Netherwell Wood carpark at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Wednesday 21st August. Following the successful bog restoration work here there are now more bog […]

Volunteer Event: Peatland Dragonfly & Damselfly Survey Training

Dragonfly and damselfly survey at Low Moss near Lugar. *British Dragonfly Week Event!* We’ll meet at Low Moss at 10:30 for a 10:45 start on Wednesday 17th July. Following our successful bog restoration work here, there are now many more bog pools for breeding dragonflies and damselflies, We will be […]

Common Hawker © Scott Shanks

Workshop: An Introduction to Ayrshire’s Pollinators – Dumfries House

Join the CEI and Dumfries House’s Education Team for a FREE Introduction to Ayrshire’s amazing pollinators! The day will focus on native bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinators, their ecology and survey techniques. Indoor session (10 am-12.30 pm) – Booking Essential!                    […]

Volunteer event: Butterfly survey *NEW DATE/TIME*

Join CEI in the hills around Sorn to survey butterflies! Over the past few years, with the help of CEI volunteers, we have been very excited to record large heath butterflies on RSPB Airds Moss and our other peatland sites. Large heath is a priority species for the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and also a bog specialist. […]

Volunteer Day: Thursday 18th January, Hydrology Survey at Dalmellington 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 Dalmellington Moss SSSI (a SWT Reserve), we’ll be measuring water levels in the dipwells across the site and taking fixed point photographs to help track changes in […]

Hydrology & habitat survey at Common Farm

The CEI is undertaking a new phase of restoration work at Common Farm, right next to Shiel Farm. Contractors are on site at the moment and have installed some new dipwells to enable us to monitor the success of the restoration works once complete. Join us to undertake the first dipwell measurements for the […]

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 […]