NYMMO Work With Partners for Operation Owl 2019

Last Sunday NYMMO attended the Operation Owl event held at Sutton Bank National Parks Centre alongside the RSPB, North Yorkshire Police Rural Taskforce and North York Moors National Parks.

Operation Owl was launched last year exclusively in North Yorkshire and this year it has expanded to become a national event.  The purpose of Operation Owl is to increase public awareness of bird of prey persecution and to seek support in tackling it head on.  This year over 26 Police Forces across the country led the initiative alongside several partner organisations.

5 NYMMO gamekeepers attended the event at Sutton Bank and alongside North Yorkshire Police they demonstrated legal traps and snares to the public.  Stuart Grainger (Sergeant of the Rural Crime Team) explained it was important that the public could recognise legal traps ​as it would then limit the number of reported calls to the police.  Stuart also re-iterated that to interfere or damage a trap is a criminal offence and if any individual believes they have located a trap to be illegal they must report it directly to the police and not tamper in anyway with what could potentially be a crime scene.

Look North came to interview the partners and alongside Cathleen Thomas (RSPB) and Stuart Grainger (North Yorkshire Police Rural Task Force) our NYMMO gamekeeper Jimmy was also interviewed.  We have had lots of interest since the interviews were shown on the television on each of the news broadcasts throughout the day last Monday.

Prior to the event there was certainly an element of doubt as to how the keepers would be received but on the day there was a steady flow of people that came to chat to the gamekeepers and partners, to look at the traps and snares and it was encouraging to see the positive reactions and responses the keepers received.


Support Simon Whitehead and help raise awareness for YANA

Due to a sudden change in circumstances, Simon’s gentle ramble around the Cleveland Way for YANA with four people had now turned to just himself…………….

However being a glass half full person, Simon, after explaining his predicament over tea to Ben and Becca from Birds of Prey Displays, a new plan was hatched.

Simon and Ben are now doing the walk in the fastest time they can on foot.  Going out of their comfort zone they will walk and camp until the whole 110 miles are complete.  Hopefully the originally planned 5 days will be cut down to just 3.

They will both be doing a fair bit of social while they are walking but the main goal is to raise money for YANA but more importantly awareness of the last taboo of modern society, “Mental Health”.  For this reason they will be finishing the walk on 10th October which is World Mental Health Awareness Day.

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YANA: Help for those in farming who may be affected by stress and depression.

Farming is usually a good way of life but it is a demanding and stressful occupation. So it’s not surprising that many people involved with agriculture can feel isolated, depressed or unable to cope as well as normal.

Farmer on phone, next to tractor1 in 5 people in the UK will experience a problem with depression so it is important to know that you, or the person you are concerned about, are not alone.

Those who work in agriculture are often reluctant to seek support for depression, stress or anxiety. However, talking about your problems and seeking appropriate help can make it easier to cope and improve your quality of life.
Remember that depression is an illness not a weakness.

If you are involved with agriculture or farming in any way, and are feeling low or if you are worried about a member of your family, a colleague or a friend, YANA can help. Remember, you don’t have to struggle by yourself – good help is available.