• Events Programme – June 2017

    As we head towards summer we can enjoy warmer, sunnier days! It’s the perfect time get out and about and to help you we have lined up some great events in June.

    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:

    Community Science Surveys: Otter, water vole and mink
    Saturday 3rd June
    10.30 am – 12.30 pm indoor training (Cow & Calf Hotel)
    Lunch (Bring your own)
    1.30 pm – 3.30 pm field visit on Ilkley Moor

    Learn how to take part in Community Science Surveys on Ilkley Moor. A great day’s activity that will broaden your knowledge and provide a delightful and instructive visit to the Moor!

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

    Leader: Thomas Aspinall, Moors For The Future

    Meet: Cow & Calf Hotel

    Equipment: Provided

    Booking: Essential*

    Walking grade: Moderate

    Dogs: Welcome on the field visit but not allowed in the Cow & Calf Hotel

    (*To book a place please contact Tracy Gray: tracy@ilkleymoor.org)

    Fitness Walk with Nordic Walking
    Saturday 17th June
    2pm – 4pm

    Try something different! Nordic Walking is a total body version of walking, using poles in order to add two major benefits: the use of poles means that upper body muscles are used as well as the legs. It can be enjoyed by both experienced and novice walkers.

    Leader: Sabine Flugel

    Meet: Cow & Calf Quarry Rocks car park

    Equipment: Please bring two walking sticks if you have them, but spares will be available

    Booking: Not needed

    Walking grade: Moderate

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    (For more information about Nordic Walking visit www.nordicwalkingyorkshire.co.uk )

    Wildlife identification and survey: Peatland
    Sunday 18th June
    2pm – 5pm

    This event provides an introduction to the ecology, mapping, surveying and conservation of the peatland habitat on Ilkley Moor. We will go up to the upper slopes of Ilkley Moor to undertake mapping and recordings of fauna and flora.

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

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: White Wells car park

    Equipment: Provided

    Booking: Not Needed

    Walking grade: Moderate to strenuous

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    Heathland Conservation (Volunteer Day)
    Tuesday 20th June
    10am – 12pm

    Make a real difference by helping to control bracken on the lower slopes of Ilkley Moor. It will help keep the access routes clear, but also learn which species use bracken for food and shelter.

    Leader: Tracy Gray

    Meet: Darwin Gardens car park

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

    Walking grade: Moderate

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    Wildlife identification and survey: White clawed crayfish
    Saturday 24th June
    8pm – 10pm

    This is a night time survey which provides an introduction to the ecology, surveying and conservation of our only native crayfish. We will walk through Black Beck as it runs through Hebers Ghyll using the torch survey methodology.

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

    Leader: Tracy Gray

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

    Equipment: Provided

    Booking: Not needed

    Walking grade: Moderate, uphill walking involved

    Dogs: Welcome on leads

    Full details can be found on our website www.ilkleymoor.org

    If you have friends or family that may be interested in joining Friends of Ilkley Moor an application form can be downloaded from the website. Alternatively ask for an application form at the event or email Jon Copland at membership@ilkleymoor.org


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