Bird Boxes – Gamekeepers Handy Work

Many Gamekeepers have bird boxes around their houses and also in various locations across the estates. Here we have 2 very different styles of bird boxes:-

“You don’t have to be a carpenter to make a barn owl nest box” quoted one of our keepers and this is what this photo shows, an old quad bike box cut in half, stuck together and now an adapted new home for barn owls.

The following photos are of two different types of bird boxes, they were built using the “Make a nest box” design and dimensions shown on the B.T.O. website.  The boxes with the circular hole drilled in the front are for birds including Blue tit, Great tit, House Sparrow, Nuthatch, Redstart, and Pied Flycatcher.  The open fronted boxes are designed for birds including Robin, Pied Wagtail and Spotted Flycatcher.


Connolly’s Red Mills Handler Development Days

A massive thank you to John Cavana of Connolly’s Red Mills and all of the participants that together raised £800.00 for NYMMO.

The Connolly’s Red Mills handler development days were held on Westerdale estate over 2 days at the end of February.  There were visitors from Holland, Ireland, Hampshire and Norfolk taking part and events like these bring in much needed additional income to the area, they stayed in the local B&B’s and ate and drank in the local pubs.

A great couple of days where our keepers Colin and Matty enjoyed meeting, greeting and chatting about the moors, their jobs and shooting estates in general.


2017 Auction Review – Bolting Rabbits

A day bolting rabbits was kindly donated by Charlie and alongside his assistant Dave they ensured Jason and Alan the winning bidders from our 2017 charity auction had a day out to remember in the North York Moors.

I received this message in from Jason:-

“Charlie was an excellent host who ensured the day ran smoothly.  We were on the edges of the moor to start with and witnessed an abundance of wildlife from Buzzards, Curlew, Lapwings and a healthy supply of grouse.  It is testament to how well the moors are managed under the stewardship of dedicated people such as Charlie.

After lunch we went into the valley and saw songbirds and kestrels, and finished the day off with a few more rabbits. It was a real pleasure to spend a day with a knowledgeable person who explained the management of the moor to us and the diversity of the wildlife that inhabits it.  If only more people could have the benefit of this insight, I am sure there would be a vast amount more support for the work that moorland gamekeepers carry out.

A great day spent with a great moorland ambassador – thank you.”

A successful ferreting day ending with a good bag of 25 rabbits, some testing shooting all surrounded by the lovely North York Moors scenery.

Keep your eyes peeled our 2018 auction will be coming soon……