On Tuesday 19th and 26th May two footpath conservation events took place. Working in partnership with Bradford Council, volunteers from the FoIM spent two days resurfacing a section of the footpath opposite the Cow and Calf Inn. Volunteers made a real difference in helping to maintain the network of footpaths on Ilkley Moor and also gained skills in access management in upland areas. Ilkley Moor is greatly used by the local community and annual visitors from outside of the area. It suffers from overuse by a wide range of users. The provision of a network of well defined, hard wearing footpaths is a great resource for everyone, including less able walkers and also helps to protect the adjacent habitat and species.
On Sunday the 31st May a guided walk to discover the birds of Ilkley Moor took place, led by Ernie Scarfe from the Wharfedale Naturalist Society and Tracy Gray from the FoIM.
It was an informative morning with people listening to the different bird songs that could be heard, looking for birds which could be seen and identifying these. People also learnt about the different nesting habits of birds: ground nesting birds, birds which nest in trees and those birds which use the nests of other birds. The ecology of Ilkley Moor was discussed and how its management can affect populations of bird numbers.
Ilkley Moor forms part of the South Pennine Moors Special Protection Area (SPA) designated under the European Union Bird’s Directive for its internationally important bird habitats. It is a great place to discover birds, particularly upland waders, which use the moor to nest and raise their young.
It was too windy and wet to climb the higher slopes to record these birds but staying on the lower slopes and also walking through Hebers Gyhll, young Ornithologist Amaru Saravia Etchell and his mum Helen Etchell helped record the birds which were seen there. The following birds were seen and heard: Blackbird, chiffchaff, chaffinch, woodpigeon, robin, blue tit, magpie, willow warbler, swallow, kestrel, mallard, tufted duck, meadow pipit, cuckoo, carrion crow.
In the afternoon a ‘Stroll on Ilkley Moor’ walk took place to discover the general beauty and special heritage of Ilkley Moor. This walk was aimed at people new to walking or people who just wanted a gentle stroll. It was an easy walk of 1.5 miles on flat, sometimes slightly sloping paths and was designed so that it was suitable for people with push chairs and wheel chairs. There will be another opportunity to join a Stroll Walk on Sunday 7th of June 2pm-4pm meeting point Darwin Gardens.
Everyone had a great time and leaned about the heathland and peat bog habitats of: Ilkley Moor, Ilkley Moor’s conservation status and why Ilkley Moor is important in global conservation strategies; discovered the plants and wildlife which could be seen and how these were used historically for food and medicine; and spent time taking in the whole landscape views from various resting points along the way.
Every one said they look forward to attending more events from this year’s events and learning programme so they can discover more of Ilkley Moor’s amazing heritage.
The events programme and heritage walks can be downloaded from the FOIM website www.ilkleymoor.org or collected from Ilkley Information Centre and shops in the Town.
From Tracy Gray FOIM Project Officer. (For further information contact Tracy on 07780535860)
Events Programme – August 2015
Members are encouraged to participate in these Events & bring along friends and family.
Cup and 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, 1st August 2pm - 4pm. Leader Barry Wilkinson, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Equipment please bring a GPS if you have one. Meeting Point and Parking:- White Wells car park. Booking not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Flower Walk Discover the flowers, grasses and trees of the moor in the full glory of summer. An easy to moderate walk of 3-miles, on good paths.
Saturday, 8th August 10am - 12pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads
Water Tracks and Trails. Discover the water tarns, springs and streams of the moor and the animals, insects and plants which live there. Animal tracking and pond dipping will form part of this activity walk. Frogs, toads, maybe water voles and water scorpions could be found! An easy to moderate walk of 2 miles.
Sunday, 9th August 2pm - 4pmLeader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking:- White Wells car park. Booking Not needed. Equipment: Provided. Dogs Welcome on leads
Archeology Trail A 3-mile walk starting from the Cow and Calf Rocks and calling at the Backstone Beck Enclosure. This is one of the best walks for seeing several Cup and Ring Stones. This is a strenuous walk, with uphill walking.
Sunday, 16th August 2pm - 4pm Leader Colin Beecham, Friends Of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- Cow and Calf Rocks Quarry car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads
Ilkley Explorers A fun and practical filled activity for families. A 2-mile walk, on easy terrain to discover Ilkley Moor with practical tasks of building a shelter from natural materials found on the moor, learning how to use a compass, discovering natural spring water and measuring the direction and speed of the wind.
Tuesday, 18th August 2pm - 4pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome
Land…Tracks and Trails A family walk to discover the different habitats of the moor and the animals, insects and plants which live there. Animal tracking and will form part of this activity walk. A moderate walk, of 2 miles with some uphill walking involved, on reasonable paths
Thursday, 20th August 10am - 12pm Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Social History Guided Walk - Charlotte Brontë in Ilkley In the season of 1853 Charlotte Brontë visited Ilkley twice. Ilkley was then regarded as an inland spa, a village of fresh air and pure water. This walk is classed as moderate.
Saturday, 22nd August 2pm - 4pm Leader Alex Cockshott, Ilkley Civic Trust. Meeting Point and Parking :- At the floral fountain, Mill Ghyll at the top of Brook Street and start of the Grove. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Wild Plant Food Forage Discover the wild edible and medicinal foods found on the moor. A moderate walk of 3-miles.
Sunday, 23rd August 2pm - 4pm Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking:- White Wells car park. Booking Not needed. 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.
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 20th.