RECENT events from the Friends of Ilkley Moor have provided opportunities for the local community to learn about and help conserve the heritage of Ilkley Moor.

A guided walk to discover the birds of Ilkley Moor took place; organised by the FoIM, with experts from the Wharfedale Naturalist Society informing people about the birds which were heard and seen on the day.

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 breeding birds.

Everyone had a great time and said they look forward to attending more events from this year’s events and learning program so they can discover more of Ilkley Moor’s heritage and help collect more bird records.

On June 23 the Twelve Apostles and Beyond heritage walk took place. People climbed to the highest point of the moor to discover the landscape views, ecology and some of the archaeological heritage of Ilkley Moor.

The FoIM also delivered volunteering work parties for the community to carry out practical conservation work such as clearing bracken from an area important for wetland plants, the paddling pool was cleared, bracken was cleared from around some benches and litter was cleared from the burnt area. Vegetation monitoring of the burnt area was undertaken to see which plants are naturally regenerating: the main plants regenerating are bracken and bilberry.

The events programme and heritage walks can be downloaded from the FOIM website