Events help community understand and conserve the heritage of Ilkley Moor

During June The Friends of Ilkley Moor provided opportunities for the local community to learn about and help conserve the heritage of Ilkley Moor.

On Saturday the 5th June 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.

In the past surveys showed the following species were present on Ilkley Moor: merlin, short-eared owl, golden plover, common sandpiper, dunlin, twite, snipe, wheatear, whinchat, redshank, ring ouzel, curlew and lapwing. This event was developed to enthuse the local community to help collect records for bird species on Ilkley Moor.