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EcoCoLIFE is looking to hire a creative people to create a site-specific theatrical production in unusual and unexpected places!

We want to produce an eco-theatrical experience anywhere there are people - such as car-parks, shopping centres and work places – and make them go 'wow!

The recent purchase of the EcoCo Softrak is now operational following the training of eight of the project partners earlier in December. It has been purchased to satisfy the demand by the project partners to manage unwanted vegetative growth on sensitive nature conservation sites.

Over eighty participants attended the recent Sharing Good Practice event co-organised by the EcoCo project and SNH SGP teams. The event explored options for improved ecological coherence and landscape scale approaches to habitat management and hosted keynote speakers Brian McDonald from Natural England, Jonathan Porter from ialeUK and Paul Sizeland from EcoCo.

Digger at the bog

EcoCo LIFE+ partner organisations The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) and RSPB have completed the final phase of bog enhancement works at Airds Moss, near Muirkirk.

wind farms on a peatbog

Peatland restoration is underway at Blawhorn National Nature Reserve, as part of the EcoCo LIFE project. Scottish Natural Heritage is carrying out extensive restoration on this important peatland site, addressing historical drainage impacts to improve the condition of the habitats. New, innovative techniques are being used to restore the site using specialised contractors.

workshop in Brussels

EcoCo LIFE was invited to attend a workshop in Brussels on the mapping and assessment of ecosystem services.

people on a peat bog

EcoCoLife project partners played host to a recent EC mission on the 7-8 October. The mission comprising; Laszlo Becsy, Lynne Barratt,  and Tommy Sejersen were hosted by Yvonne Boles of RSPB at Kinneil Lagoons and by Paul Kirkland of Butterfly Conservation at Wester Moss. Both sites are within the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative area.

Creating a trench bund

Habitat restoration work is underway at Fannyside Muir on the Slammanan plateau near Cumbernauld.

Paul Sizeland out on a site

Paul Sizeland was appointed as the EcoCoLife Project Manager, starting on the 15 December 2014.  Paul has wide habitat and project management experience having been involved in SNIFFER and currently the Lothian and Fife Green Network Partnership  Welcome Paul!

project staff at Kinneil Lagoons

EcoCo's visit by the EU's project monitors on 26 and 27 November was deemed a success.  Lynne Barratt of Astrale met project staff during both days and visited Kinneil Lagoons, Baronshaugh and Aird Moss - and she was duly impressed by the project and its potential.