Events organized to promote and conserve the heritage of Ilkley Moor
THE Friends of Ilkley Moor offered the local community the opportunity to discover and help conserve the heritage of Ilkley Moor.
On June 5, an Ilkley Moor Bird Guided Walk was held with experts from the Wharfedale Naturalist Society educating people about the birds heard and seen that day.
Ilkley Moor is part of the South Pennine Moors Special Protection Area (SPA) designated under the European Union Birds Directive for its breeding birds of international importance.
This event was developed to excite the local community to help collect records for bird species on Ilkley Moor.
A plants event was held on June 12, led by Tracy Gray, Project Manager for FoIM, so people could learn about the plants, herbs, mosses and lichens that can be found on Ilkley Moor.
The group walked along the lower slopes of the moor, to the upper tarn, to the lower tarn, then through a wetland to show the characteristic plants of dry heathlands, marshes and open water bodies.
In addition to admiring the plants, the group also learned about the ecology, conservation and management of these habitats.
On June 19, the Stanza Stone Walk took place – a discovery trail to learn more about the Stanza Stones: a poetry trail built in 2012 with help from the Ilkley Literature Festival. Several stones, which contain engraved poems composed by Simon Armitage, are found on Ilkley Moor. This three mile circular walk started and ended at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, ascending to Beck Stone and through the Rocky Valley to WhiteWells; then return to the Craigland hotel where the group enjoyed tea and scones.
Regular FoIM volunteers have gone out weekly this month to undertake habitat management on Ilkley Moor for the benefit of wildlife conservation and to help restore and maintain trail systems.
A spokesperson for FoIM said: “With a big thank you to the team of volunteers from Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers, who began their team day on the moor and helped restore a trail in Hyber’s Ghyll Woodland.
“Everyone had a great time at the events and volunteer days and look forward to attending other events among this year’s events and learning program. ”
The program of activities and heritage walks can be downloaded from FOIM
FoIM has received funding from VCS Alliance to run some events on Ilkley Moor this year, specifically aimed at the over 65s who have had to spend a lot of time self-isolating this year due to Corvid-19. The events will offer this age group the opportunity to slowly return to outdoor activities, in a united manner, for health and social benefits.