8:00am Monday 14th May 2012
By Amanda Greaves
The first of 20 events being held by the Friends of Ilkley Moor this year took place on Saturday.
A moorland bird walk led by Ernie Scarfe of Wharfedale Naturalists Society set off at 9am in bright sunshine from White Wells, on the path to Hebers Ghyll, returning at 11.30am.
Among the birds identified were willow warbler, long-tailed tit, chiffchaff, tree pipit, meadow pipit, robin, blackbird, magpie, red grouse, chaffinch and carrion crow.
The second event, in the afternoon, Footsteps In The Stone Age, was for seven to 11-year-olds, led by Pippa Rochford of Kidz Archaeology.
The group climbed the steep hill from the Cow and Calf Rocks to the top moorland path before continuing on to the Haystacks Stone, where they sat for a while to hear the story of how primitive hunter-gatherers went about their lives 8,000 years ago.
They also got to handle replica stone tools and artefacts.
Later they paused to sketch the Idle Stone – a fine example of Neolithic Rock Art, and evidence of ancient civilisation on the moor.
The last call was at the Backstone Beck Bronze Age enclosure, which was restored in 1982-87 by Ilkley Archaeology Group.
Details of other events, taking place from May to September, can be downloaded from the Friends’ events and learning programme online at ilkleymoor.org or collected from Ilkley Visitor Information Centre and shops in the town.
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