Events Programme – September 2014
Members are encouraged to participate in these Events & bring along friends and family.
GPS CUP AND RING TRAIL Learn to use a GPS and discover 8 Cup and Ring Stones over a wide area of the moor. This is a moderate to strenuous walk with uphill climbing.
Saturday, 6 September, 2pm - 4pm. Leader: Barry Wilkinson, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking - White Wells car park. Booking Essential. Walking Grade Moderate to strenuous. Dogs Welcome on leads.
TREES, SEEDS AND WOODLAND A conservation activity to protect the naturally regenerating young trees within the moors stands of pine woodland. Help collect seeds and plant trees and learn tree Identification. Suitable for families but a moderate graded walk with uphill climbing involved.
Tuesday, 16th September, 2pm - 4pm. Leader FoIM Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Essential. Dogs Welcome on leads
HERITAGE WALK: WOODLAND WAY This 2-hour walk winds in and out of the woods that form the lowest slopes of Ilkley Moor. some up hill walking involved. A moderate graded walk.
Saturday, 27th September, 2pm - 4pm. Leader FoIM Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Essential. Dogs Welcome on leads.
MOORLAND BATS AND OTHER NIGHT CREATURES A guided walk to discover the night creatures of the moor, in particular, bats. Bat detectors will be used to identify the presence of any bats. A moderate walk of 3 miles on the low moor around the tarns and within the pine woodland. Some steep slopes.
Saturday, 27th September, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Leader Andrew Milne. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Equipment Please bring a torch. Booking Essential. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Seven people had an informative and fun filled afternoon as part of FoIM’s Ilkley Explorers event – the thirteenth of twenty seven events to be held on Ilkley moor during the summer months. The group were shown how to make a traditional shelter using materials from the moor. They learnt the techniques of coppicing from willow trees and thatching from bracken. The shelter as many modern applications: a fun den for children, a survival shelter, a pretty addition to gardens or a frame for growing climbing plants. They also learnt how to use a compass, measuring the direction and the speed of the wind and discovering natural spring water.
This activity is part of a wider educational project currently being developed by FoIM to provide people with the opportunity to learn and rediscover how to use natural materials on Ilkley Moor for practical purposes. Taking what’s seen as a difficult management issue ie the control of bracken and making it into a local resource.
Project Officer Tracy Gray said “it is hoped that once the educational project is up and running and people see the great things that can be done with bracken, local people will adopt their bracken patch, cut it and use it for useful things in their garden and at the same time help manage this very difficult to control plant.”
Information about future events can be downloaded from the Friends website www.ilkleymoor.org or collected from Ilkley Information Office and also in shops and cafes in the Town.
From Barry Wilkinson Press Officer 07831-505051
Further information from Tracy Gray 07854 447947
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 April 15th.