Shoot Day Fun For The “Everyday Man”

THE BIG QUESTION : What do Grousekeepers, Pheasantkeepers, Joiners, Farriers, Hill Farmers, Retired Policeman, Garage Owner, Golf Course Green Keepers, University Student, Livestock Buyer and Haulier, Meat Hygiene Service Inspector, Finance Worker and other self-employed people all have in common?


ANSWER : All of these “Everyday Normal” people enjoyed a day out together Grouse Shooting at Alston in Cumbria.  As you can see from the photos the turnout was amazing, the day was a total success and it was immensely enjoyed by all who attended.


A small selection of people like to portray Grouse shooting as a “Rich Mans” sport but days like these prove that this doesn’t have to be the case.  This shoot day had people travelling from a wide range of locations and alongisde NYMMO​, there were also keepers from the Peak District Moorland Group​ and the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group​ as well as all the other non-gamekeeper individuals.  Days like these are perfect for catching up with old friends but also making new ones and lots of brilliant memories.





Sometimes things just don’t go to plan!

* * Absolutely NO ONE was injured in any of these photos just a lot of dented pride! * *

Things don’t always go to plan and these photos are definitely testament to this statement, these mishaps have all happened this year, it’s always nice to smile at someone else’s misfortune, there’s never a dull day on the North York moors!




“Love Your Garden” – Gamekeeper Style

Wilf Wilson an 88 year old retired Gamekeeper from Westerdale has this month seen his garden get a complete makeover thanks to the Rosedale and Westerdale team of gamekeepers.

Wilf has lived in the village of Westerdale for the past 74 years where he took over from his late father who became the gamekeeper there when he moved in after the war.  Wilf himself retired in 2005 after 50 years working as a gamekeeper, he has always had a garden to be proud of, not just a lawned area and flowers, but also its very own vegetable patch.

Over the last few years Wilf’s health has deteriorated and he has been unable to keep up the maintenance on his garden, he has even been struggling to get in and out of the house with his now necessary walking aid due to the overgrown grass and weeds.

Jimmy Brough head keeper on the Rosedale and Westerdale estate and his 5 strong team of keepers felt very strongly that they wanted to help Wilf and restore his garden back to some of its former glory, or somewhere near as none of them proclaim to be professionals!  They approached Wilf with their idea and it wasn’t long until work commenced with the aim being to give Wilf a better view from his window (as opposed to just weeds) and also somewhere he could easily get out to and enjoy some much needed fresh air.

This was no small job, it was definitely not a case of just cutting the lawn and doing a bit of weeding.  The vast mass of weeds, patches of nettles some of which measured 12ft high, trees and hedges were all either removed or pruned back.  The previous flagstone path was replaced with a much easier accessible hardcore path and in addition 3 new garden gates were handmade by a keeper and hung in place.

The garden area is now ready for rotavating and reseeding and will be completed in the next couple of weeks, once the lawn is established the gamekeepers have already agreed to maintain the very large but now much more simplistic garden area as and when required.

Wilf was so appreciative of this kind gesture from the gamekeepers and his words “Look at my miracle garden” definitely made all the hard work, time and effort put in very worthwhile.






Thai Red Curry Featuring …Grouse! – A fab recipe from Jodies Fit Formula

Jodie McGregor is a fitness and nutrition expert from Rosedale Abbey in the North York Moors, and she is the founder of the now very well known company “Jodie’s FIT Formula”.  Alongisde her personal training work, she also creates and shares her fabulous recipes through her social media pages, and from this I felt I had to share this very tasty “Grouse” dish.

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“This is my slightly different take on a Thai Red Curry! Making the paste from scratch is most definatley worth the effort, it creates a fresh fragrant curry and you know exactly what ingredients have gone into it. I have chosen to use grouse as the meat for this curry as I feel it deserves a shout out! There is no meat in this country that is more free range; these birds spend their lives roaming the beautiful moors, feeding on whatever nature provides them. The meat also has a magnificent flavour, people often find it quite ‘gamy’ which yes, it is, but adding the meat to a curry is a great way of toning down this flavour but still enjoying the great benefits that come from this largely forgotten bird.

People go to the supermarket and understandably, buy the food to feed their family that is affordable, sadly we see supermarkets charging through the roof for free range or grass fed meat, so we are often forced for financial reasons into buying the cheaper, indoor reared meat. Sadly these animals lead a miserable and quite often disgraceful life, so this is another reason I want to draw some attention to this widely misunderstood bird, it leads a majestic life in comparison to even the most free range of chickens let alone those that are intensively reared, but is also very reasonably priced when sourced from local butchers and suppliers.

Here in North Yorkshire, moorland organisations have been working hard to showcase the birds and make the meat more readily available in local shops with the hope of making it more  recognised on a national scale, so watch out for it hitting the shelves near you! I picked up my grouse directly from the supplier, it came as 6 breasts, vacuum packed and ready to go, no messing around with a whole bird as most traditional recipes require. ( See image below).

Time: 40 Mins Serves: 4


For the paste:

  • 1 or 2 Red chillies (depending on how hot you like your curry!)
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp Corriander seeds
  • 1 Thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 1 Small red onion or 2 shallots
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp Hot paprika

For the curry

  • 1 Large red onion
  • 6 Grouse breast
  • Veg of your choice (green beans / pepper / mushrooms / courgette / mangetout
  • Thai red curry paste (if using ready made, use about 3 tbsp, if using recipe above, use all of the paste)
  • 1 x 400ml Tin coconut milk
  • Pinch of salt


  • To make the paste, place a large frying pan on a medium heat and place the seeds in the pan
  • Lightly toast for a few minutes over the heat then crush to a fine powder using a pestle and mortar
  • Finely chop the onion or shallots and place them in a blender with all of the other paste ingredients.
  • Blast for a few minutes until a thick paste has formed.
  • To start on the curry, place one tablespoon of coconut oil in a large pan over a medium heat.
  • Chop the onion and add to the pan.
  • Cut the grouse breast into quaters then add to the pan too.
  • Keep moving the onion and grouse around the pan to prevent burning but allowing the grouse to colour all over.
  • Add the paste and cook for a minute whist stirring then add the salt and coconut milk, keeping the thick, solid half of the coconut milk to one side to add in later.
  • Allow to cook for about 10 minutes then add the veg and cook for another 5-10 minutes depending on which veg you use (some may take longer to cook than others so keep checking it)
  • Add the thick, solid coconut milk and stir in to the curry until it is fully mixed in and the curry is creamy.
  • Remove from the heat and serve with rice.”

** ENJOY **