• Press Release

    Rotherham Brownies build a Natural Shelter

    A fun and practical filled event, organised by the Friends of Ilkley Moor, took place on March 22nd at the Wynches Outdoor Centre for Girl Guides. The educational event was organised for the Rotherham Brownies with the practical task of building a shelter using natural materials.

    The Brownies learnt how to coppice wood from willow and hazel and how to use this to make a dome frame for the shelter, they then collected natural materials they could find in the landscape to use to thatch the shelter. It was the beginning of spring so there was less things growing but still the resourceful Brownies and the FoIM Project Officer found evergreen pine branches, rushes and straw to make the thatch with.

    The task involved the young people also learning how to identify willow, hazel and pine trees, moss and rushes. The difference between deciduous and evergreen trees and how to use materials in their natural environment for practical things. Everyone had a great time on the event.

    From Tracy Gray FOIM Project Officer.

    For further information contact Tracy Gray FOIM Project Officer on 07780535860

  • Events Programme – May 2016

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

    LICHENS Discover the mysterious, fascinating and colourful world of lichens (dual organisms) and how they tell us about the health of the environment. Lichens are an extremely successful ‘partnership' between a fungus and an alga. This walk is aimed at beginners and will not be identifying lichens at a species level.
    Saturday, 7th May 2pm - 4pm. Leader Tracy Gray, FoIM. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Booking not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads

    A STROLL ON ILKLEY MOOR Discover the beauty and special heritage of Ilkley Moor. This walk is aimed at people new to walking; or people who just want a gentle stroll. An easy walk of 1.5 miles on flat, sometimes slightly sloping paths. Suitable for people with pushchairs and wheel-chairs.
    Saturday, 14th May 2pm - 4pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking Darwin Gardens car park. Booking not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    THE BIRDS OF ILKLEY MOOR 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, up-hill walking involved. Conservation issues and habitat management for birds will also be discussed.
    Saturday, 14th May, 10am - 12pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking Darwin Gardens car park. Equipment please bring binoculars if you have them. Booking not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.

    FOOTPATH CONSERVATION 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 over-use 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..
    Tuesday, 17th May & Tuesday, 24th May, at 10am. Note: The Countryside Officer will be there on both days but people can choose how long they would like to stay for.. Leader :Bradford Council Countryside Officer. Meeting Point and Parking Darwin Gardens car park. Booking essential. Dogs not suitable.

    BLUEBELL WALK A guided walk through Middleton Woods, to discover the full glory of the bluebells found there. Middleton Woods is known locally as one of the best places to see bluebells. A moderate walk of 3 miles, with some up-hill walking involved.
    Sunday, 15th May, 2pm - 4pm. Leader : Owen Wells, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking Ilkley Pool and Lido 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.

    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...