The Friends of Ilkley Moor are delighted to announce that John Altringham, Professor of Animal Ecology & Conservation at the University of Leeds, will give a talk at the Friends’ Annual General Meeting to be held at the Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley on the 24th of April at 7.30pm.
John Altringham has studied animals as diverse as tunas and tarantulas, and now works primarily on the ecology and conservation of bats. He has a broad interest in conservation, is a scientific advisor to the National Trust and works with many other conservation organisations. Keen to promote science and conservation to a wide audience, he is a regular advisor and contributor to BBC natural history programming. John will talk at the AGM about the management of Moorland for the benefit of people and biodiversity: What could Ilkley Moor and places like it, look like in 50 or 100 years?
See John’s photograph above. From Barry Wilkinson FoIm Press Officer 07831-505051
Events Programme – May 2015
Members are encouraged to participate in these Events & bring along friends and family.
Bluebell Walk Sunday, May 10th A guided walk through Middleton Woods, to discover the full glory of the bluebells found there. Middleton Woods is known as one of the best places to see bluebells locally. It is such a sight to see, when the ground is carpeted with the blue of extensive bluebells. A moderate walk of 3 miles, with some uphill sections.
10th May, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Owen Wells, FoIM, Meeting Point and Parking:- Ilkley Pool and Lido car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads
Footpath Conservation. Tuesday, 19th May & Tuesday, 26th May.Make a real difference in helping to maintain the network of footpaths on Ilkley Moor; and gain 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.
Both events start at 10am.
Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Essential. Dogs Not suitable. Note: the Countryside Officer will be there on both days but people can choose how long they would like to stay for.
The Birds of Ilkley Moor, Sunday, 31st May. A guided walk to discover the birds of Ilkley Moor. 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. A moderate walk of 4 miles, some up-hill walking involved. Conservation issues and habitat management for birds will also be discussed.
9am - 11am. Leader The Wharfedale Naturalist Society. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Equipment Please bring binoculars if you have them. 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.