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The FOIM Annual General Meeting – Newsletter No 51 March 2017

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  • 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 – APRIL 2017

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

    CELEBRATION EVENT: The Big Ilkley Moor Survey, Saturday, 15th April 12pm - 2pm for the walk, 2.30pm - 4.30pm refreshments at Craiglands Hotel.
    This event is to celebrate the Friends of Ilkley Moor's 'Big Ilkley Moor Survey', which is part of their 'Nature For All Project', funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is an outdoor celebration consisting of a guided walk to talk about what the project involves and how to get involved. Learn how you can help with valuable research, learn skills in carrying out standardized wildlife surveys, wildlife identification, biological recording and how to enter this onto ArcGIS and ArcGIS mobile apps in the field. Explore and discover Ilkley Moors biodiverse habitats and species for which the project will be focusing on. Mobile ArcGIS exploration will form part of this event. An easy walk of 2 hours, starting from Darwin Gardens, following a low and steady path to the lower tarn, with a slight uphill section in one place.Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available afterwards at the Craiglands Hotel, with the opportunity to view maps and ask any questions about the project and how to get involved. This event is suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs. Wheel chair access is available at the Craiglands Hotel.
    Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meet Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Walking Grade Easy, suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs. Dogs Welcome on the walk but they are not allowed inside Craiglands Hotel.

    HERITAGE WALK: Cow and Calf. Sunday, 16th April, 2pm - 4pm
    This walk takes you from the popular parking place at the Cow & Calf Rocks to the quieter areas beyond. Discover the famous Cow and Calf Rocks, the geology of quarry faces, streams, a small gorge, a Cup and Ring Stone and Rocky Valley. This is a moderate walk of one hour, with lots of resting stops along the way, to make it a leisurely 2-hour walk, some uphill walking involved.
    Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meet Cow and Calf Quarry car park. Booking Not needed Walking Grade Moderate. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    FOOTPATH CONSERVATIONTuesday, 18th April 10am.
    * The Countryside Officer will be there all day but people can choose how long they would like to stay for. 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, hardwearing footpaths is a great resource for everyone, including less able walkers; and also helps to protect the adjacent habitat and species.
    Leader Bradford Council Countryside Officer. Meet Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Essential. Walking Grade Moderate. Dogs Unsuitable.

    WATER TRACKS AND TRAILS. Tuesday, 18th April, 2pm - 4pm
    An Easter school holiday activity for children and young people to discover the water tarns, springs and streams of the moor and the animals, insects and plants which live there.
    Wildlife identification, animal tracking and pond dipping will form part of this activity walk. Frogs, toads, newts, maybe water voles and water scorpions could be found. An easy walk of 2 miles. This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey.
    Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meet White Wells car park. Booking Not needed, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Equipment Provided. Walking Grade Easy but with some uphill climbing. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    POND AND RIVER EXPLORATION Wednesday, 19th April, 2pm - 4pm
    An Easter school holiday activity for children and young people to discover a water tarn and stream on the moor and the animals, insects and plants which live there. Wildlife identification, animal tracking, pond dipping and stream sampling will form part of this activity walk. Frogs, toads, newts, maybe water voles and water scorpions could be found. An easy walk of 2-miles. This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey.
    Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meet Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Equipment Provided. Walking Grade Easy- suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    WILDLIFE IDENTIFICATION &SURVEY: NEWTS Thursday, 20th April, 2pm - 4pm
    An Easter school holiday activity for children, young people and adults. This event provides an introduction to the ecology, surveying and conservation of Britain's three native newt species. The event covers the identification, distribution and status of the smooth, palmate and great crested newt. Relevant legislation, habitat requirements and threats to species survival. The event will take people to the upper tarn on Ilkley Moor to undertake a practical survey of newts, using standardized survey methodology of egg search and netting. This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey.
    Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meet White Wells car park. Booking Not needed, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Equipment Provided. Walking Grade Moderate. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    COMMUNITY SCIENCE SURVEYS Saturday, 22nd April, 2pm - 4pm
    Learn how to take part in Community Science Surveys on Ilkley Moor. We are gathering people together to record valuable information about the wildlife on Ilkley Moor. This event provides an introduction to Community Science Surveys and how to take part. By collecting scientific data about upland species such as the birds, mammals, invertebrates, plants and amphibians of Ilkley Moor, this Heritage Lottery funded project aims to find out about the health of Ilkley Moor's wildlife.
    Information about Community Science Surveys and how to take part will be available on the FoIM website.
    Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meet Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Walking Grade Moderate. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    WILDLIFE IDENTIFICATION & SURVEY: WATER VOLES Sunday, 23rd April, 2pm - 5pm.
    This event provides an introduction to the identification, ecology, surveying and conservation of Britain's native water vole. The event covers the identification, distribution and status of the water voles, relevant legislation, habitat requirements and threats to species survival. The event will walk people along some of the drainage ditches of Ilkley Moor to carry out a survey for water voles using standardized survey methodology. This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey.
    Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meet White Wells car park. Booking Not needed. Walking Grade Moderate. 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 17, 2017.

    Click here for details...