wildlife recording


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Volunteer Day: 3rd July Large heath butterfly monitoring

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 bog enhancement sites. Large Heath is a priority species for the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and also a bog specialist. We will continue to monitor this population which will not only […]


5th April – Wildlife Tracking and Field Craft Workshop with Tom Wilson

Come along and learn how to track and watch wildlife using a variety of techniques and importantly make records of some of the things we find! Tom will give a talk on field craft and camera trapping including some of his fascinating natural history items before heading outside to practice these skills in the beautiful Auchinleck estate. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Invasive Non-Native Species – by Zoe Jamieson

The UK provides a home to a variety of interesting and wonderful species of flora and fauna that are now under serious threat from an extensive parade of invasive non-native species – read Zoe Jamieson’s article to find out more!