• FoIM AGM

    The Friends of Ilkley Moor AGM will be held on the 25th of April 7.30pm-10pm at the Clark Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road Ilkley LS29 9DZ.

  • Events Programme – May 2014

    Members are encouraged to participate in these Events & bring along friends and family.

    Treasures of the Moor: a guide to biodiversity conservation. A guided walk for the family to discover the heritage of Ilkley Moor. Many animals and plants are on lists of endangered species. Come and see which of these the moor safeguards; and learn about the conservation of Ilkley Moor's biodiversity. An easy 2-mile walk with lots of time to discover and explore. Saturday, 10th May, 2pm - 4pm
    Leader: FoIM Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking: Darwin Gardens car park. Booking essential. Dogs welcome on leads.

    Birds of the High Moor. A guided walk up to the Twelve Apostles stone circle, discovering the birds of the high moor on the way. A moderate to strenuous walk, up-hill walking involved. Conservation issues and habitat management for birds will be discussed. Sunday, 11th May, 9am - 11am
    Leader: FoIM Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking: White Wells car park. Booking essential. Equipment: Please bring binoculars if you have them. Dogs welcome on leads.

    Improvements to Footpaths. A series of conservation activites to reduce damage and rutting of footpaths from overuse.Tuesday, 6th, 13th & 13th May, starting 10am
    Leader: Bradford Council Countryside Officer. Meeting Point and Parking: Darwin Gardens car park. Booking essential. Not suitable for Dogs.

    Heritage Walk: White Wells Moorland. This walk takes you from the edge of the town on to the high moor, with wide views across Ilkley and the Wharfe Valley. The walk takes about two hours and is on reasonable paths, although there will be muddy areas in wet weather. The first part is all uphill but with a good break halfway at White Wells. The walk starts at Darwin Gardens, up Wells Road from the town centre.Sunday, 18th May, 1pm - 3pm
    Leader: FoIM Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking: Darwin Gardens car park. Booking essential. Dogs welcome on leads.

  • Press Release

    The Asulam Has Landed

    Helicopter sprayed the chemical Asulam over 75 acres of intrusive Bracken on selected areas of the lower slopes on Ilkley Moor the spraying took place on Friday, 13 September. The Friends of Ilkley Moor have set aside £10,000 for the treatment. John Stidworthy (Chair of the Friends) said “We are hoping that the chemical will destroy a large area of bracken and that the money will be well spent by the Friends. We will not know for sure until next year when the bracken comes up – or, we hope, does not.”

    Richard Perham of Bradford Council Countryside Services said “The spraying of the 75 acres took about an hour and a half – we think we caught the bracken at the right time and hope it will be effective. We will need to do follow up treatment in the next few years, chemical and manual.”

    From Barry Wilkinson FOIM Press Officer 07831-505051. For more in formation contact Richard Perham 07582-100607

  • John Stidworthy elected Chairman of FoIM

    John Stidworthy was elected as Chair at the 2013 AGM in April. After university John worked at the London Zoo for 10 years giving talks and tours to parties from schools and colleges.

    Subsequently he worked at the Natural History Museum first as a lecturer, then becoming involved in designing museum exhibits. After 10 years at the museum, his wife went back to work and he became a househusband. Both his young sons survived his cooking.

    Over the years he has written more than thirty books on natural history, most aimed at children. In Buckinghamshire he was chair of governors at three primary schools. He and his wife Sue moved to Ilkley in 2010 to be near their grandchildren and enjoy t


Video Introduction to the Friends of Ilkley Moor

  • The Management of Ilkley Moor

    The management of Ilkley Moor works to a plan and is not arbitrary. Management prescriptions are determined by the Joint Nature Conservation Council and enforced by Natural England (the government’s advisors on nature conservation in England). NE sends all SSSI owners and occupiers a statement of what the ideal management should be.

    Click here for a more detailed explanation

  • Volunteer Days:

    Ilkley Moor Volunteer Days - help us to maintain a unique environment...

    Come along and help us maintain the unique ecological interest of the heathland. Our next volunteer day is Tuesday April 15th.

    Click here for details...