Bransdale Merlin Ringing with Natural England

Thanks to Murray for these excellent photos, today he has assisted the‪ Natural England Merlin‬ group of volunteers to successfully ring 3 Merlin‬‪ ‎chicks‬ that have been found on Bransdale Moor‬.

The Merlin is the U.K.’s smallest bird of prey and there are only 900 to 1500 breeding pairs in the U.K. Because of the small number of these birds they are classed as a Red Status‬ (highest conservation priority).

Because of the ‪‎Merlins‬ Red Status, people who visit their nests do so under a strict licence given by Natural England‬, this is to try and keep disturbance to an absolute minimum. The nests are normally visited once to confirm the chicks are there and then a later visit to ring the chicks. Due to the Merlins being an ‪‎Endangered Species‬ it is essential to try and gather as much information about them as possible.

Years of study and careful management by the moor owners and their keepers makes the North Yorkshire Moors‬ an extremely important place for the #Merlins to live and this is a real positive for the area as the numbers here are fairly stable.

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NYMMO & NGO Charity Clay Shoot

The NYYMO & NGO ran charity clay shoot was held at Spaunton Quarry on Saturday 11th June by kind permission of Mr George Winn Darley.  We had an excellent day, a great raffle, good entries and the weather held out which was a real bonus.

There was a good turnout of people, 23 teams and 27 individuals as well as a great deal of entries in the pool shoot.

The overall winning 4 man team was “Adam Calvert Shooting” with team members Andy Coulson, Jonathan Maughan, Gareth Maund and Roger Ayton who with a score of 365 beat by the smallest of margins (1 clay) the Ousby team of Mike Booth, Pete Henderson, Andrew Morrow and James Watson.  Third prize went to the “Dream Team” of John Hutchinson, Mark Nicholson, Philip Blakeborough and Steve Midgely with a score of 334.


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The top individual of the day with a perfect score of 50 went to Gareth Maund who won a days shooting standing on a keepers day.  Top of the ladies board was Katie Carvey with a score of 40 who accepted a £50.00 cheque as a prize thanks to L&A Dent game dealers.  The Under 25 winner with a score of 47 went to Declan McVeigh who received a 3 shot automatic shotgun courtesy of Northallerton Guns.

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We held an excellent raffle on the day which made £682.00 and I’m sure the ticket sales were so high due to the vast array of real quality and varied prizes that had been very kindly donated.  George, Jill and Abi Thompson also kindly ran the bar selling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and the £384.00 proceeds from there also went straight into the fund.

We’d just like to say thank you to all the helpers, supporters, entrants and everyone involved in making this day the great success that it was.

From the clay shoot we have raised £2,386.50 for the Air Ambulance and this total will hopefully be increased greatly when our 31 auction lots conclude on the 12th August.  Our auction lots can be found on our website and also on our facebook page, we have a vast array of lots from shooting, stalking, fishing to Alastair Cook’s cricket bat signed by the England team, a holiday cottage stay, a glamping pod, a framed picture and much much more.  Please take a look at all we’ve got to offer and BID GENEROUSLY.


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Again thank you to everyone who made this clay shoot possible, especially Sarah from the NGO for all her help and expertise.

Please come and visit us at our next outing where we will be joining the NGO at their stand at the Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate on the 12th, 13th and 14th July.

NYMMO Charity Auction : LOT 28 : Signed England Cricket Bat

Alastair Cook has very kindly donated his own Gray Nicolls Cricket bat which he has used in test games and scored a test century with.

The bat has been signed by Alastair Cook and the rest of the England cricket team on the very day that Alastair became the youngest player ever to score 10,000 Test Runs.  This great acheivement by Alastair as the only Englishman to reach this milestone took place at Chester-le-Street on the 30th May 2016 when England took on Sri Lanka.  Alastair aged 31years, 5months and 5days overtook the record held by India legend Sachin Tendulkar aged 31years, 10months and 20days, a record held by Sachin since 2005.

The other signatures on the bat are Joe Root, Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes.

A massive Thank You to Alastair Cook for donating this brilliant piece of sporting memorabilia for our auction and thanks also go to Sir Ian Botham and Liam Botham for organising and delivering the bat to us!

Please click on the attached red link below to view all auction lots available.

2016 NYMMO – Auction Lots

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NYMMO – 2016 Charity Auction

NYMMO is pleased to be able to offer their 2016 charity auction, we have some excellent lots ranging from shoot days, fishing trips, framed prints and sports memorabilia.

We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations.

All terms and conditions are shown at the bottom of the auction list.


Please click on the attached link for full details:

2016 NYMMO – Auction Lots



Open Farm Sunday at Danby 5th June – NYMMO’s First Official Outing

NYMMO made their first official public appearance today at the Open Farm Sunday event held at Stonebeck Gate Farm at Danby.  Alongside the NYMMO display there was the opportunity to watch sheep dog trialling, sheep shearing, gun dog displays, dry stone walling and get involved with various other interactive activities, displays and also the chance to get up close and personal with some of the animals.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather was gorgeous, we got to introduce our organisation and to have some nice informative chats about birds, dogs and also a lot of what we do and why.   This was a really good day out, the numerous children there loved the animals on offer and I think it was a great introduction to countryside life.

A massive thanks to Pete, Charlie and Mike for their time and knowledge, they certainly looked the part and they were a great advertisement for NYMMO.

Our next NYMMO outing sees us working with the NGO (National Gamekeepers Organisation) to hold our annual charity clay shoot where the money raised this year will be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance.  This event will be held at Spaunton Quarry on the 11th June, please come and join us, have a shoot with the possibility of winning some fantastic prizes, enter the raffle and have a look at some of the great auction lots on offer that are running till the beginning of August.  Visit the facebook and website pages for further information, the auction lists and raffle items will be available shortly, so don’t miss out on some really great lots.

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