Here is our most recent news:

March 2021; Recently there was sadly an UNPLEASANT INCIDENT at ST IVES when a young woman was intimidated and verbally abused by a group of men on off-road bikes. As a result of this, and also reports from visitors of increasing issues on the estate (inconsiderate parking, little social distancing, littering and general unpleasant behavior), the Friends have been in discussions with BMDC who have been very keen to try and resolve things. To help visitors to feel more comfortable visiting the estate , there will be an increased police presence around the estate, especially tomorrow (Saturday March 13th) There will also be around 6 Welfare Covid Support Workers there too. They will be handing out free masks and advice literature and will be happy to chat with everyone and answer any Covid related questions you may have. We’re very grateful to all these ‘bodies’ for their help in trying to make St Ives a good and pleasant place again for everyone to visit

Toilets; as of 9th February 2021 the toilets near the play area will be open again after the completion of repair works.

All Hallows’ Eve – As it’s Halloween we’ve made available an article on the Ghosts of St. Ives on our download page

Covid19 Update – October 2020 – Around Coppice Pond arrow signs have been introduced to encourage visitors to walk in a one way system to enable better social distancing. This has been introduced due to the path becoming very narrow at the Coppice Bog end where distancing is impossible. Even though it is outdoors it means people are passing each other under the World Health Organisation’s recommended 1 metre. PLEASE do not tear down the signs and PLEASE adhere to them.

FoSI Volunteers

The St Ives volunteers have started working on outdoor projects on the Estate again, keeping to the Covid 19 rules. We are keeping to a set group who meet fairly regularly but also work in smaller groups when needed.

Some of our work so far has included:

The Bird Hide has been swept out and cleaned;

The roadway through the heart of the Estate has been swept and cleared of debris, including an important drain.

We’ve cleared the coach house courtyard of most of the weeds and rescued the toads we found there and put them in a happier and safer place.

We’ve cleared much of the ivy from the walls along the central roadway.

We have checked many of the young trees in Betty’s Wood.

Various pathways have been sensitively pruned at the sides to allow visitors to use them.

Various holes around the Lake have been filled including putting a pipe into the most muddy area to drain away excess water into the lake to try and keep the path there  passable.

Covid19 update – 3rd August 2020

Play area is now open. Please keep to the social distancing regulations.


The Estate car parking areas are open after lockdown measures have been eased. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 Coronovirus the upcoming car parking charges are being delayed until further notice.

Visitor Centre – July 2019

New railings have recently been installed at the entrance to the visitor centre.

Friends of St.Ives AGM 2019

We are holding our 2019 AGM on Wednesday May 29th at 7.30pm. Please note the new venue at the Harden Congregational Church. Andrew Cutts, the assistant Trees and Woodlands manager for Bradford Council, will be giving a talk about the ‘Management of St Ives’ and there will be time at the end for any questions you may have. We do hope you can join us for the meeting.

We now have a task team who are carrying out various key tasks within the Estate grounds such as gully clearing, litter picking, habitat improvements to name but a few. The team meet on alternate Thursday, check out the calendar for the next date and contact Sara

FoSI Guided Birdwatching spring 2019

This year’s guided bird watching walks were among the best attended since we started. The walk, organised in conjunction with Bradford and Airedale RSPB group, held on the International Dawn Chorus Day had 27 people join in.

This year the weather was kind to us for all the morning walks and we had some special sightings.

During the earlier walks we saw Brambling, a winter visiting finch, for the first time during one of our walks. Redwing, another winter visitor, was seen well into April. The regular summer migrants started appearing a little later than “normal” but at times they were joined by some scarce visitors to St.Ives Estate.

Garden Warbler which has had a toehold in St.Ives for several years now appeared in larger numbers than any year on record with at least 6 singing males one morning. On the dawn chorus day, we were lucky to find a singing Redstart which sang in full view albeit it distant.

By mid-May, sadly, it was apparent “we” were going to miss out on one or two species though. The Wood Warbler haven’t returned to breed and flycatchers have yet to arrive. The evening walk suffered from a cool gusting wind which hindered our chances greatly, however we did have good views of a roding Woodcock.

The combined species total reached 61 species seen or heard during this year’s walks.

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