widlife surveys


CEI on film – Peat, people and partnerships

We are excited to bring you ‘Peat, people and partnerships’ a film about the East Ayrshire Coalfield Nature Network project! The film highlights achievements of the project and also unveils plans for the future, including a new ‘Nature Network Legacy’ project which will run between 2018 and 2020 and deliver […]


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, […]


Spider Hunt – Monday 30th October at Airds Moss

The search for the rare Cloud-living spider (Semljicola caliginosus) continues as we survey the spiders of Airds Moss 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 […]


National Moth Night at Hannahston Community Woodland

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 […]


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: Hydrology and Beetle Monitoring at Shiel Farm

We’ll combine our usual water level monitoring with collecting beetles from pitfall traps that have been in place this summer. Will the improved bog habitat have attracted new species? Contact CEI Project Officer, Gemma Jennings to register or find out more: gemma.jennings@ea-cei.org.uk or call 01563 576771


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 […]


17th April – Moorland bird Identification and Survey Workshop

Improve your bird identification and survey skills along with learning how to make your records available for conservation projects. Recording birds in your local area is both fun and rewarding. Your help can contribute to understanding the state of bird populations and habitats in the UK. No previous experience is necessary just […]