• Press Release

    The Friends of Ilkley Moor win £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund support for their “Nature For All” Project.

    The Friends of Ilkley Moor are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £50,000 for their ‘Nature For All Project’. This is a two year project which will be delivered from October 2016 to October 2018.
    Thanks to National Lottery players the project will engage the local community in learning about and conserving the natural heritage of the water habitats on Ilkley Moor and the species which are dependent on them.
    The open water habitats are the upper and lower tarn. The running water bodies are Willy Hall Spout, Spicey Gill, Backstone Beck, Hybers Gill, Black Beck and some of the drainage ditches (and the peat bog surrounding these), on the upper slopes of the moor.
    Training and community engagement events will be developed and delivered so that people can develop skills in wildlife identification and the surveying and recording of ponds, rivers, peat bogs, otters, water voles, frogs, toads, crayfish, newts and other priority species of these habitats.
    Biological data for these habitats and species will be collated and recorded. The data will then be analysed to look at trends in the decline or increase in key species on Ilkley Moor. Based on this two habitat management projects and two habitat enhancement projects will be undertaken to help conserve these habitats and key priority species.
    Projects for students will be developed to collate and analyse this data, to look at trends in the decline or increase of species. The project will offer students the opportunity to carry out scientific biological data collation, recording and analysis, as part of their studies.
    Fun and accessible events, and citizen science events will be also be organised to enthuse young people and adults to learn about and develop these skills.
    The project will be widely promoted to engage as many schools, colleges, local naturalist groups, local community groups, volunteers and individuals as possible. It will be inclusive so that people of all age groups, and from all areas and skill levels can be involved.
    Biological data recorded from the project will be put onto a Geographic Information System and be used to produce an ecological spatial report, to inform people about the results of the project; this will include suggestions for the management and enhancement of these habitats.
    All data will be passed onto biological record centres. And be used to inform future management decisions for these habitats and key priority species.
    Using data from the report two habitat management projects and two habitat enhancement projects will be undertaken. 20 conservation workdays will be developed and delivered to engage the local community in carrying out these habitat enhancement and management projects.
    Coming soon will be a celebration event for the local community to inform them about the project.
    One of the aims of the project is to develop a more professional, coordinated and partnership approach to collating, recording and analysing biological data for Ilkley moor; and to establish a means for this to carry on into the future. So that biological data; and trends in the decline or increase in priority species for Ilkley Moor can be recorded and used to inform the Ilkley Moor Management Plan, biodiversity strategies and inform other decisions undertaken in regards to the management of Ilkley Moor.
    But the main goal will be on enthusing the local community to be part of this, to take up the opportunity to develop these skills and help conserve Ilkley Moor’s natural heritage. The Friends of Ilkley Moor invite colleges, schools, local naturalists groups, community groups, youth groups, volunteers and individuals to get involved in this exciting project.

    Tracy Gray, Ilkley Moor Project Officer said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support the local community and students from schools and colleges to gain valuable skills, increasing their understanding about biodiversity conservation and help to conserve the natural heritage of Ilkley Moor’s water habitats.”
    Groups or Individuals who would like to take part in the project please contact Tracy Gray, Ilkley Moor Project Officer, 07780535860, tracy@ilkleymoor.org

  • Events Programme – SEPTEMBER/NOVEMBER 2016

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

    HERITAGE WALK: WOODLAND WAY. This moderate 2-hour walk winds in and out of the woods that form the lowest slopes of Ilkley Moor. Some uphill walking involved.
    Saturday, 3rd September, 2pm - 4pm. Leader : Owen Wells, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads

    MOORLAND BATS. A guided walk to discover the night creatures of the moor, in particular bats. Bat detectors will be used to identify the presence of any bats. An easy walk of 2-miles on the low moor around the tarns and within the pine woodland.
    Saturday, 10th September, 7pm - 8.30pm. Leader Andrew Milne. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Equipment Please bring a torch if you have one. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads

    TREES, SEEDS & WOODLAND. A conservation activity to protect the naturally regenerating young trees within the moors stands of pine woodland. Help collect seeds and plant trees and learn tree identification. Suitable for families but a moderate graded walk with uphill climbing involved.
    Tuesday, 20th September, 10am - 1pm Leader : Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Essential. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    CUP & RING GPS TRAIL. This walk, navigated by the use of GPS references, will take you on a discovery of 8 Cup and Ring Stones over a wide area of Ilkley Moor. There are over 400 known Cup & Ring Stones on Rombalds Moor which includes Ilkley Moor. The stones were carved during the Neolithic-Bronze Age period around 4,000 years ago. These designs of cups, rings and lines are intriguing and enigmatic. The reason they were carved is unknown, but they are fascinating. The walk takes about 2 hours, starting and ending at White Wells car park on Ilkley Moor. It is a strenuous walk of 5 miles, with uphill climbing.
    Saturday, 19th November, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Barry Wilkinson, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- White Wells car park. Equipment. Please bring a GPS if you have one. Booking Essential. Dogs Welcome on leads


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 January 19, 2016.

    Click here for details...