Rosedale Wildlife Week

This week NYMMO are joining the North York Moors National Park for “Rosedale Wildlife Week”.

There is a series of free events during the week to learn more about the Land of Iron project and also the flora and fauna of Rosedale, including workshops, walks, talks and great fun activities for all the family.

Please visit the link below for further details.…/…/rosedale-wildlife-week

Amongst the various activities ongoing this week there is a moor tour on Thursday where individuals can join the local gamekeepers on a tour of the area in estate vehicles looking for wildlife. There are limited places remaining for this event so please get booked on.

The Dipper Chicks have Arrived

The nest photo we shared on the 7th June is now home to chicks.  The chicks will be fed by both parents and usually fledge between 20-24 days.

The Dipper is an amber listed bird and is commonly found alongside fast flowing rivers mainly in upland areas.

Dippers are able to walk into and under water to search for food and they feed on insects, small crustaceans, worms, tadpoles or even small fish.

An extremely good spot to find this nest in the river bank and this is a common nesting area for these birds, so now you all know what you’re looking for I’m expecting more photos sent in soon!

Lapwing Chick Sighting

Great close up photo sent in of this Lapwing chick, this Red Listed bird species is more commonly known as the “Peewit” in imitation of its display calls.

The Lapwing is the most widespread of our breeding waders and numbers in the North York Moors look much more favourable than the national average.  The Lapwings mark the changing of the seasons and the arrival of spring, these chicks will remain on the moors for the next few weeks before they move to the coast over winter.  Fingers crossed they will hopefully return next year to breed.




Dry Heath Moor Regeneration in only 3 Months

Not the average time of year for a post on Heather Burning but I’ve just received this photo in that I’d like to share with you all.

The photo shows a piece of dry heath which a gamekeeper performed a cool burn on in March of this year, only 3 months later the new green shoots are coming through. Compare this to the devastating wildfires which have happened over the last year on unmanaged land this surely shows why burning must be carried out.

The devastating fire at Saddleworth Moor last year caused the loss of the equivalent of 7cm of peat across the site and released 30 tonnes of lead into the river system and this is alongside the massive loss to wildlife and insects.

The cool burns carried out by the gamekeepers during the time of year when there is minimal chance of damage to wildlife doesn’t touch the underground peat as they only remove the old long rank heather.

The only common sense approach to avoid wildfires is to allow controlled burning.

Curlew Chick Predated by Stoat

After closer examination this curlew chick looks like it has been predated by a stoat.

Curlews are Red Listed birds, they usually lay up to four eggs and so fingers crossed that the others survive.

The Game keepers currently use Fenn Traps for catching stoats, but these traps will cease to become legal for catching stoats as of 1st April 2020. There has been lots of work done in testing the new more effective and humane traps and 2 of which are now passed to use, these are the DOC trap and Tully trap.

These traps are set by trained professionals who follow strict guidelines on how they are to be set legally.

Please remember that it is illegal to tamper with these traps in anyway.


NYMMO attend Countryside Days attended by 6,000+ Children

NYMMO joined the NGO Educational Trust in attending the free for schools to attend Countryside Days held at the Great Yorkshire Show ground last week.

In two days there was over 6000 children attended and they got to learn and experience all aspects of food, farming, the countryside and healthy living. There was a variety of workshops and arena displays including rural crafts, birds of prey, farm animals, the legendary sheep show, pond dipping and many more and everything managed to carry on as planned despite the not very pleasant weather.

Predators and Prey was the main topic on our stand and the children enjoyed looking at the taxidermy and learning more about the animals, before doing some quiz sheets and the new NYMMO activity workbooks.

Oystercatcher Chick Spotted

This little chick spotted yesterday isn’t as instantly recognisable as it’s parents who are very hard to miss.

Oystercatchers are large black and white wading birds, with long, orange-red bills and reddish-pink legs.  When they are in flight, they have an obvious white wing-stripe, a black tail and a white rump that extends as a ‘V’ between the wings.  You often hear them before you see them, thanks to their loud ‘peeping’ call.

Britain supports an internationally important number of wintering oystercatchers with up to 45 per cent of Europe’s population choosing to spend the winter here.  Overall, the breeding population in England has increased to around 110,000 pairs, but there has been a significant decline in Scotland, the reasons for which are unclear.  Due to these local declines, oystercatchers are Amber-listed in the UK and classed as Vulnerable in Europe as a whole.


An Albino Stonechat

These photos have been sent through and they show a very rare bird, I’m sure not many of you will have seen an Albino Stonechat.

This young Albino Stonechat was spotted in the exact same location as a confirmed sighting last year.  As it’s name suggests these birds utter a sharp loud call that sounds like two stones being tapped together.  Albino birds are quite rare, tend to be weaker and due to their colour are more prone to predation.

Open Farm Sunday, Stonebeck Gate Farm, Danby

NYMMO attended the Open Farm Sunday at Stonebeck Gate Farm for the 3rd consecutive year, this great initiative gives the chance for individuals to see a real working farm and to learn about the interaction with the moorland area and local community.

There is always so much to see and do throughout the day with working sheep dog displays, sheep shearing, dry stone walling along with the opportunity of exploring the inside of a tractor and getting up close and personal with lambs, hens and even a Clydesdale horse and foal.

John Cavana and his 3 Labradors produced a display on dog training and with a little help from a member of the audience they performed some lovely retrieves.  The North York Moors National Park, Askham Bryan College and several local crafts people were also represented which gave a real variety to the day.

Robert Goodwill the Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby who is also the Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was in attendance and joined the rest of the audience in enjoying the displays.

One of the real highlights of Open Farm Sunday is always the home cooked food and this year was no different with a selection of sausage rolls, home made baps, cakes and pastries.





Dipper spotted in North York Moors

Received these photos in last night, this Amber Listed bird gets its first show on the NYMMO page.

The Dipper is a short-tailed plump bird with a low, whirring flight, it has a white throat and breast which contrasts with its dark body plumage and it has a remarkable method of walking into and under water in search of food.

This nest was located on the beck side and very well hidden in the river bank, a very good spot!