NYMMO and Local Farmers Raise Funds for Saint Catherine’s Hospice

On Tuesday 30th July NYMMO visited the Saint Catherine’s Hospice at Scarborough to present them with a cheque for £570.00.

The story behind the fund raising is as follows:-

Brian Aconley a local farmer from Farndale was looking to hold a fund-raising shoot in woodland and rough pasture land around his farm at Christmas time and enlisted the help of local gamekeepers to pull it all together and make it happen.  There were over 20 individuals who were invited to the event including local gamekeepers and farmers.  Each attendee paid a small fee to take part and they were also asked to bring along food and nibbles which were shared around to provide a great alfresco picnic lunch.  A raffle was run and helped add to the total monies raised. 

After the success of Brian’s event, a couple of weeks later we were invited to host a second day thanks to the generosity of both Brian and his next-door neighbour John Wheldon.

Both days were a resounding success and all who attended enjoyed some good shooting, good company and a bit of nice home cooked food.  Over the 2 days we raised just over £1,000 in total which is to be split between Saint Catherine’s Hospice at Scarborough and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Managed Moorland involves so many people and organisations, who all work together to help make the areas the success that they are.  The Gamekeepers have good working relationships with the hill farmers and this is highlighted here by the 2 joint charity events held on the North York Moors earlier this year.




The Launch of the 2019 Charity Auction


We are extremely excited to announce that our 2019 NYMMO Charity auction is now live, we have 40 fantastic lots on offer so bid generously.  For 2019 the auction is raising funds for NYMMO, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

If you need any further information or have any questions please email tina.b@nymmo.org.

We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has generously donated auction lots and hopefully we can raise lots of money.

The closing date for all bids to be received by NYMMO is Saturday 31st August 2019 at 12 mid-night.  Bids can be made by email or by post and all bids must show the lot number, brief description, maximum bid amount, bidders name, address and contact number.




The Hazards of Barbed Wire

Out on the moors this morning a gamekeeper came across these 2 sheep, if you look closely you can see they are fastened together with barbed wire.

The gamekeeper got in touch with the local farmer and they managed to catch them, cut off the wire and free them, luckily they then ran off none the worse for their unfortunate experience.

More Heather Beetle seen on the North York Moors

Unfortunately heather beetle is really starting to show on various separate locations across the North York Moors now.

Heather Beetle is a widespread and common insect species found across Britain.  The larvae feed on the leaves of heather plants, stripping them bare and damaging the health of the heather.  In a normal year, small patches of heather will be “beetled”, but it is usually the case that the plants recover in a few months.

Periodically, heather beetle populations expand into huge outbreaks, in which millions of beetle grubs can decimate hundreds of hectares of carefully managed heather.

Gamekeepers carry out controlled burning during October and April to the affected patches and this helps to speed up the recovery of the heather.

A Busy Couple of Weeks for NYMMO

😮 WOW! 😮

What a busy couple of weeks we’ve had!

3 Days of Lets Learn Moor last week with 490 children out on the North York Moors and overall a massive 1400 children out on the moors as part of the full initiative with all English Moorland Groups taking part.

AND then……………………….

3 Days at the Great Yorkshire Show on The National Gamekeepers Organisation stand and taking part in the Year In The Life Of A Grouse Moor demonstration.

A fabulous 2 weeks full of education, interaction, working with partner organisations, getting the chance to tell the story of the gamekeepers, their jobs and way of life, BUT most of all I hope everyone who has been involved has had FUN I know we certainly all have.

Day 2 at Great Yorkshire Show

We have now completed two days at the Great Yorkshire Show and we are definitely getting well through the expected 130,000 visitors.

After the showers first thing this morning we were then treated to a lovely sunny warm day with lots of visitors, interest and interaction.

Joining us on The National Gamekeepers Organisation stand today were members of the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group and Forest of Bowland Moorland Group.  The sun certainly brought the children out and both of the displays today had plenty of volunteers.

If you are coming to the show tomorrow then do pop along and see us in the NGO stand at the top of the Country Pursuits arena.   The NGO also have a fab raffle running, only £5.00 per number with the chance to win some Deer Stalking.




Day 1 at The Great Yorkshire Show

Day 1 at the Great Yorkshire Show completed.

We had a couple of showers but overall not too bad a day and the enthusiasm certainly wasn’t dampened!

NYMMO keepers were joined by keepers from the Nidderdale Moorland Group in both chatting to the public about all things Moorland management but also assisting in the production of the Year in the life of a grouse moor display.

Bring on Day 2 – Hope to see you today!



Peregrine Chicks Successfuly Fledge on North York Moors Estate

Lovely news today as we can confirm that 3 Peregrine chicks have successfully fledged on one of our North York Moor estates.

The Peregrine is a bird that has long, broad, pointed wings with a quite short tail and is blue-grey on top with a blackish top of the head, a white face and a noticeable black ‘moustache’.

The nest site of the Peregrine is known as an eyrie and their nests are usually on a grassy or earthen cliff edge, quarry or other inaccessible undisturbed location.


Lets Learn Moor 2019

This week we have had the privilege of hosting almost 500 school children from 11 schools across rural and inner-city locations as we ran our 3rd “Lets Learn Moor” event on the North York Moors.

Building on the success of the 2017 and 2018 joint venture between BASC and NYMMO, this year’s ‘Let’s Learn Moor’ took place simultaneously across a further five regional locations ran by moorland groups in Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale, North Pennines, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales, each one delivering a brilliant outdoor learning experience to a massive total of 1400 children in just one week.

Working alongside partner organisations the events delivered education and activities specific to each moorland area.  NYMMO game keepers worked alongside the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire Police, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue, John Cavana Dog Training and Luke the Shepherd.

The children enjoyed getting close to the animals who really did play a starring role over the 3 days, the “Red Arrows” Gun Dog Display with Ralph and Anna, relaxing with Chainsaw Charlie the Ferret and Flossing with Floss the sheepdog.

Education is key but so is fun and these children will hopefully have had a really memorable day in the big outdoor classroom.  Our aim was to tell the story of the moors and how everyone interacts and works together to make the moorland what it is.  The North York Moors is a very special and popular place and hopefully these children will be returning for another visit soon.

All of the children were given a NYMMO goodie bag to take home which contained one of the new colourful fun NYMMO activity workbooks.

Over the course of the 3 days we even had 3 separate walkers enjoy a little education and have their photos taken with some of the game keepers.

It is with pride that we look back and realise how far we have come since the day Gareth Docherty (BASC) approached us with the “Lets Learn Moor” concept in 2017.  We are now looking forward to moving this event on even further for 2020 and educating as many school children as we can in all areas of moorland life.




NYMMO Gamekeepers Take To The Pitch

Rosedale Football Club was the setting for the 2nd annual “Fun and Friendly” football match featuring Rosedale F.C. versus NYMMO gamekeepers and, after their 6 nil defeat last year, hopes were high for an improved performance from the keepers.

The keepers led a strict warm up routine, enlisted the help of a couple of “ringers” onto their team and turned out in a very dashing Orange football strip, BUT, unfortunately this didn’t help them to reverse the score line from last year.  The keepers were upbeat after the match and were taking the positives out of the game, after all they did manage to score 2 goals, unfortunately for them though Rosedale Football Club scored 8!

The afternoon was immensely fun, there was a good crowd turned up to watch and the players themselves all managed to get through the 90 minutes relatively unscathed.

Following on from the match, Hot dogs and Burgers were on the barbecue and plenty of lemonades to wash them down, it was a warm day and the lads certainly worked up a thirst.

Note to Keepers for next year ………………………………………. More practice required!!!