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  • Events Programme – May 2017

    As spring gets into full swing and our flora and fauna bursts forth we have some great events coming up in May over three consecutive weekends.

    Remember our events are free and available to both members and non-members, so come along and why not bring friends and family.

    Here is what’s coming up:

    Wildlife identification and survey: Otters
    Saturday 6th May
    2pm - 5pm

    Learn about the identification, ecology, surveying and conservation of the otter. We will follow Black Beck as it passes through Hebers Ghyll and up onto the moor.

    (This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey).

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: Hebers Ghyll Drive at the point where you can see Black Beck flowing through Hebers Ghyll woodland

    Booking: Not needed

    Walking grade: Moderate

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    An easy stroll on Ilkley Moor
    Sunday 7th May
    2pm – 4pm

    Discover the beauty and special heritage of Ilkley Moor.

    This walk is aimed at people new to walking and is suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs. We will cover 1.5 miles on flat, sometimes slightly sloping paths.

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: Darwin Gardens car park

    Booking: Not needed

    Walking grade: Easy, suitable for people with push chairs and wheel chairs

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    Footpath Conservation (Ilkley Moor Volunteer Day)
    Tuesday 9th May
    10am

    Make a real difference in helping to maintain the paths on Ilkley Moor. Gain new skills in access management to upland areas and learn how we help protect the natural habitat.

    Leader: Bradford Council Countryside Officer*

    Meet: Darwin Gardens car park

    Booking: Essential – To book a place contact Tracy Gray: tracy@ilkleymoor.org

    Walking grade: Moderate

    Dogs: Unsuitable

    *The countryside officer will be there all day; choose how long you wish to stay.

    Wildlife identification and survey: Streams and Running Waters
    Saturday 13th May
    2pm-5pm

    This event provides an introduction to the mapping and surveying of a section of Ilkley Moor’s becks: Willy Hall Spout. There will be some hill climbing but with plenty of breaks.

    (This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey).

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: Darwin Gardens car park

    Booking: Not needed

    Walking grade: Moderate

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    Wildlife identification and survey: Frogs and Toads
    Sunday 14th May
    2pm – 4pm

    Learn about the identification, ecology, surveying and conservation of Britain’s frogs and toads. We will go up to the upper tarn on Ilkley Moor to undertake a practical survey

    (This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey).

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: White Wells car park

    Booking: Not needed

    Equipment: Provided

    Walking grade: Easy/Moderate. Some uphill climbing

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    The Birds of Ilkley Moor
    Saturday 20th May
    10am – 12pm

    A guided walk to discover the birds of Ilkley Moor. We want to look at the trends in decline or increase in the bird species that inhabit our Moor; come and find out how you can help with this valuable research.

    (This event will collect actual biological records as part of the Big Ilkley Moor Survey).

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: White Wells car park

    Booking: Not needed

    Equipment: Please bring binoculars if you have them

    Walking grade: Moderate

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    Heritage Walk: Woodland Way
    Sunday 21st May
    2pm – 4pm

    This is a moderate 2 hour walk that winds in and out of the woods that form the lower slopes of Ilkley Moor.

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: Darwin Gardens 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...

     
  • 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