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East Ayrshire Woodlands in the media & on the web


What to look for through the year - Wildlife on Your Doorstep

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May - Traditional woodland skills & charcoal burning project starts at Craufurdland Estate


August 2009 - Energy Agency Event, Auchincruive, Saturday 12th September
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April 2009 - Dumfries House Scouts Event

East Ayrshire Woodlands staff attended the evironmental day for the cub scouts
leading tree planting activities and birdsong / wildlife walks in the grounds of
Dumfries House.



January 2009 - Whitehill Colliery Woodland Community Event Poster here

January 2009 - Newmilns Primary Bulb Planting Press Release pdf


November 2008 - Sorn Village Hall Christmas Decoration Event Advertised Poster

August 2008 - New FEI Ayrshire Forest Cluster newsletter available here

August 2008 - Stewarton, new oak bench installed at Crusader Avenue in Stewarton,
in conjunction with SWAT.

August 2008 - Hannahston community woodland. Youth group involved in making and
installing new nestboxes in the woodland, which unfortunately were quickly destroyed
and vandalised. This is the second time that all new boxes have been destroyed.
There has also been vandalism to the stone shelter at the entrance.

August 2008 - Catrine Railway Cutting work continues - planters are being made for
the area and the new stone seating has now been
pointed due to repeated vandalism,
it is unfortunate that the drystane effect has been lost but this was essential to
ensure the structure remained in place.

July 2008 - Vacancies for Assistant Project Manager & chargehand (East Ayrshire
Woodlands) and Project Manager (Coalfield Environment Initiative) advertised.

July 2008 - Woodroad Park, Cumnock

Work on revamping the Templand Wood trail in Woodroad Park has begun with
volunteers from the EASY Project, in partnership with the Coalfield Environment Initiative.
The first phase includes cutting back encroaching vegetation and scraping paths and
steps. The trail posts will also be replaced and education / nature worksheets will be
produced, together with other downloadable resources, available on the website.

June 2008 - Catrine Railway Cutting

The work on the landscape improvements at the Railway Cutting at Catrine is
complete and a web page will be live shortly.

June 16th 2008 - New interpretation panel delivered for Lainshaw Woods,
Stewarton, to be installed shortly

January 15th 2008 - New Footpath Links for Stewarton

Involvement between East-Ayrshire Woodlands and Stewarton Woodland Action
Trust has implemented the full upgrade of all footpaths within Lainshaw Community
Woodland and was completed just prior to the Christmas break. In total 911 metres
of footpath has now been upgraded and was funded by Forward Scotland. The path
upgrade which now provides an all-weather and all-abilities link from the housing of
David Dale Avenue to the main footpath running along the River Annick and connecting
to other newly installed footpaths.

Further information: Reg Briers, Forester 01290 426973

January 2008 - Willow now available from our Willow Crop. See willow page for details.



October 1st 2007 - Galloway & Ayrshire Biosphere initial consultation complete.
Further details at www.sup.org.uk

October 1st 2007 - Fisherman's path now open at Stewarton

The Fisherman’s Path that links the Anderson’s Mount footpath and the Lainshaw
House’s footpath is now complete. All construction work is finished and is now open
to the public to enjoy

July 19 2007 - Galloway & Ayrshire Biosphere Consultation meetings arranged.

July 19 2007 - Additional Footpath Construction Happening Soon………The Fisherman's
Footpath, Stewarton.

In addition to the Andersons Mount Footpath that was installed earlier this year on
the behalf of Stewarton Woodland Action Trust (SWAT). A new all-season whinpath
will be installed during July and August 2007 that adjoins Anderson's Mount footpath
and follows the course of the River Annick until the property boundary of Lainshaw
East-Ayrshire Woodlands has been contracted the job of installing 736 metres of
whinpath with a similar specification used for Andersons Mount. The route is mainly
designed for the use of pedestrians, push chairs and cyclists. The Fisherman's
Footpath starts (Grid Ref; NS406 449)


approximately 50 metres in from the minor road leading to the Scottish Water
treatment plant and then ends at the property boundary of Lainshaw House
(Grid Ref; NS409 452).
Path planning has been made easier by working closely with the plant manager at
Scottish Water treatment plant at Stewarton. Firstly, the route of the Fisherman's
Path goes over land owned by Scottish Water and secondly the passage of material
and plant vehicles has been agreed to access the water treatment plant which has
reduced haulage distances and overall project cost.
Further path work is likely to occur this year with extensions at both ends resulting
in nearly 3300 metres of newly formed footpath around Stewarton by the end of
This route is one of many that is scheduled for upgrading/constructing around
Stewarton and is identified as Route 7 (Annick Water Path) in the 'Stewarton
Access Strategy Action Plan 2006' commissioned by SWAT.

It is advisable to the general public not to use the route once under construction
as plant vehicles such as tracked dumpers and excavators will be in use at either end.
For further information, please contact EAW Forester, Reg Briers on 01290 426973



December 5 2006 - Footpath work at Anderson's Mount, Stewarton
An all-season whinpath will be installed through the mature broadleaf woodland
known locally as Anderson's Mount. The footpath stretches from grid references
OSGR NS406 451 (Scottish Water plant/Walled Garden) to OSGR NS399 454
(Kilwinning Road). The route is 1000 metres long and is mostly designed for motorised
wheelchair access, walkers and cyclists. This route is one of many that is scheduled for
upgrading/constructing around Stewarton and is identified as Route 9 in the ‘Stewarton
Access Strategy 2006’ commissioned by Stewarton Woodland Action Trust (SWAT).

SWAT have secured funding from Scottish Natural Heritage and East-Ayrshire Outdoor
Access Unit to cover the cost of path construction and the installation of waymarkers
and benches. EAW was successful in the tendering process to project manage the whole
operation on SWAT behalf and has engaged a local sub-contractor to construct the
footpath and associated draining work.

It is advisable to the general public not to use this footpath once under construction
as heavy plant vehicles such as tracked dumpers and excavators will be in use at either end.


For further information, please contact EAW Forester, Reg Briers on 01290 426973

December 5 2006 - Harvesting of 2006 / 07 Willow crop
We have now begun harvesting our willow crop for this year. Visit our willow resources
page for further information on species available.

October 11 2006 - FEI Activities at Dunlop ECO Day

October 10 2006 - Review of the Ayrshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

Ayrshire contains an amazing array of habitats and species, ranging from the marine
environment of the Firth of Clyde to the uplands of Muirkirk, as well and the spectacular
Isle of Arran northern mountains. The Ayrshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP)
sets out actions to protect and enhance this important wildlife and guides the work of
those seeking to achieve these aims.

Since the LBAP was published in 2001, the context of biodiversity conservation in
Scotland has changed, with the publication of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy
and the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act in 2004. Because of this it was decided
to undertake a review of the LBAP, with a view to making it easier to use and a better
fit with what is going on it the rest of Scotland.

If you have any comments on how wildlife should be managed in Ayrshire or have
any information that you feel might be of use in the review, please contact Dianne
Holman, Area Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage on 01292 261392.


October 9 2006 - Harvesting of 2006 / 07 Willow crop

We expect to begin harvesting our willow varieties around mid November. Visit our
willow resources page or contact us for further information

August 4 2006 - Formal opening of Hannahston Community Woodland


May 2 2006 - Willow crop resources online

Page added under communities section highlighted the willow resource we can offer
to community groups,
craft workers and individuals.

For further information please visit our willow resource page.

April 22 2006 - Community Training Wildlife Walks programme begins


April 22nd saw the launch of the Community Training Programme with an
'Introduction to bird song' walk at Sornbank Plantation,
Sorn at 8am.Those present were treated to the sight and sounds of expected
species such as blue tit, coal tit, robin and wren reacting
well to the recorded sounds, together with wonderful close views of more elusive
species such as chiffchaff, willow warbler and tawny owl.
The second walk took place on Saturday April 29th as part of the Muirkirk Walking
Festival at Kirk Plantation, Muirkirk, with enthusiastic interaction with wrens, robins,
blue tits, coal tits, song thrush, mistle thrush, greenfinch and willow warbler.

For further information on the 2006 programme, visit our Communities page.


November 17 2005 - New Handrail at Bellsbank, Press release

October 1&2 2005 - Tree in the Park at Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton