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Friends host events to help protect Ilkley Moor
Five events are being organised by the Friends of Ilkley Moor this month to help protect and regenerate the landscape.
The Friends organise heritage walks and events, helping people to learn more about moorland management.
Events this month include a walk in search of moorland bats, a conservation exercise to protect young trees on the moor and a family session making bird feeders.
A heritage walk will take place on Saturday, September 14, from 2pm to 4pm, visiting the woods on the lowest slopes of the moor. This will be a moderate graded walk, starting from Darwin Gardens car park. Booking is essential.
Moorland bats and other night creatures will be the focus of a second walk, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on September 14. Bat detectors will be provided and participants, who must book in advance, are asked to bring a torch.
A GPS Cup and Ring Trail will take place on Sunday, September 15, from 2pm to 4pm. Participants can learn to use a GPS device and discover eight stones marked with ancient cup and ring markings. The moderate graded walk is suitable for families.
Trees, Seeds and Woodlands is the theme of an event on Saturday, September 28, aimed at protecting naturally-regenerating young trees in the stands of pine woodland on the moor. People are invited to help collect seeds, plant trees and learn tree identification. Some uphill climbing is involved – the walking is classed as moderate – and families are welcome.
The meeting point is Darwin Gardens car park.
The final event will be a family activity, with little walking involved, suitable for children of all ages. Youngsters will be able to make fat balls to take home, ready to feed birds in the cold winter months ahead. Darwin Gardens is also the starting point for this walk and booking is essential.
Contact Ilkley Moor Project Officer Tracy Gray on 07854 447947, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place at the events. Copies of the Friends of Ilkley Moor Events and Learning Programme are available from Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, or ilkleymoor.org.