Benefits For All To See

Some really interesting and much needed facts are shown in these photos…………….

Cool Burns are carried out by  Game Keepers between the months of October and April.  At this time of year there is much less risk to wildlife and habitat.  The fires at this time of year don’t touch the underground peat but just remove the old long rank heather, you can see this clearly in the photos.  By completing strip burning any wildlife has the chance to move over to a non-fire habitat.

Young heather absorbs more carbon than rank old strands of heather.  There are 2 photos included which show just how quickly heather regenerates.  The 2 areas showing the new shoots were where the Game Keeper had performed a cool burn earlier in the year (about 6 months ago).

The sheep in the photos are grazing on the young heather which flourished during July, August and September and has provided a good food supply. With the large outbreak of Heather Beetle across the North York Moors this year it is fortunate that these recently burnt areas are available to provide new quality food.

The areas of moorland which had controlled burns carried out earlier in the year benefits from flowering later than the older heather which means there is an extended season for bees.


The Updated Version of “Potato Picking” Week

The old renowned “Potato Picking Week”, the half term holidays where children were allowed out of the classroom to harvest the potato crop.

Our very own take, sees our local children enjoying a day out to harvest grouse instead!  And if you’re looking to collect all the fallen grouse then it’s nice to rely on a lovely Fox Red Labrador that will retrieve 2 at a time.


The below article was published in the Daily Mail and it is great to see the livelihoods of our moorland communities being recognised nationally.

In the firing line: BBC Springwatch host Chris Packham is targeted by 100 protesters over his ‘disgraceful’ call to ban grouse shoots

  • Claimed he had ‘wilfully’ twisted facts and science as they staged demonstration
  • Mr Packham had been giving a talk at the weekend in Harrogate, North Yorkshire
  • In the summer, he set up a petition calling for the end of grouse shooting 

They claimed he had ‘wilfully’ twisted facts and science as they staged a demonstration outside a talk he gave.

Around 100 protesters from the Campaign for the Protection of Moorland Communities waved placards and banners with slogans including ‘Chris Packham: Ignoring science since 4 May, 1961 [his birthday]’.

BBC Springwatch host Mr Packham had been giving a talk at the weekend in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, about conservation in the local area.

In the summer, he set up a petition calling for the end of grouse shooting, which kills 500,000 birds each year from the Glorious Twelfth of August to December 10. More than 100,000 people signed it.

The petition claimed grouse shooting depends on ‘habitat management which increases flood risk and greenhouse gas emissions, relies on killing foxes, stoats, mountain hares, etc in large numbers and often leads to the deliberate illegal killing of protected birds of prey.’

Mr Packham said at the time: ‘In the end you can’t argue with science, you can’t argue with evidence, you can’t argue with the truth. And the truth is that people are fed up with this ‘tradition’, the injustice and the lies.’

The protest in Harrogate was supported by the Countryside Alliance, which said the benefits to communities of shooting were often ‘overlooked either intentionally or through ignorance’.

The shooting industry estimates £250million per year is spent on ‘management activities’ benefiting conservation.

A spokesman for The Campaign for the Protection of Moorland Communities said: ‘The facts are very clear – without grouse shooting these areas would lose millions of pounds in investment each year causing lives and livelihoods to be destroyed, alongside one of Britain’s most unique habitats.

‘It is disgraceful that a rich celebrity from Hampshire thinks it is OK to dictate to the hard-working people of Yorkshire how we should live our lives.

‘Moorland and other rural communities seem to be the only cultural minority Chris Packham and others think it is OK to abuse. Enough is enough.’

Roy Burrows, a local estate manager, said: ‘Chris Packham and his followers are wilfully misrepresenting facts and distorting clear scientific evidence.

The simple fact is that stopping grouse shooting, or rewilding the moor, could destroy many local businesses, local livelihoods and the very social fabric that makes the moorlands such a wonderful place to live in and to visit.’

Last month the Government said it would review the release of millions of gamebirds into the countryside after the Wild Justice campaign group – which Packham founded – launched a legal challenge, claiming it damaged biodiversity.

Earlier this year, a legal challenge by Wild Justice led to a ban on farmers shooting ‘pest birds’ such as crows and pigeons on their land.

Mr Packham was unavailable for comment last night

A Happy Auction Lot Winner

Great to receive these photos through from one of our charity auction lots purchased.

Lot 25 was an introduction to taxidermy with Melbyn Brindley where the winning bidder would leave with their first complete piece of taxidermy.

This winning bidder had a great day and the bird looks very impressive for a first attempt.

Thank you to Melvyn for donating this auction lot and supporting our auction.

Age is No Barrier

😊 A G E I S N O B A R R I E R 😊

There was 79 years difference in age between our oldest and youngest member of the shoot day staff today, who do you think enjoyed themselves most?

Looking at the happy faces I would say it’s a very close contest and the excitement doesn’t end when we get out of the beaters truck at the end of the day.  This young boy is looking forward to grouse for tea, best get out the game cookbook we don’t want to end the day not living up to his expectations! 🤔



Let’s Play Spot the Beater

For this mornings fun we’re playing spot the beater! How good are your eyes 👀 ?

We’re not just fair weather workers, no office comforts here today just braving the elements. Plenty of fog, rain and a good strong breeze.

Oh well the show must go on!!!!

Mission Accomplished for World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, two local North Yorkshire outdoor enthusiasts have today just finished a gruelling 109 mile walk of the Cleveland Way to raise awareness and funds for a mental health charity.

Ben Potter of Birds of Prey Displays and Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets supporters of NYMMO ‘Walked and Talked’ the route in just under three days.

Internationally renowned falconer Ben Potter walked the whole 109 miles accompanied by his pet dog Lena and was accompanied for large stretches by ferreting expert and journalist, Simon Whitehead and his dog Tawny. The back up support was provided by John Cavana of NYMMO.

There are a number of fantastic charities out there supporting mental health, and for this particular venture the group chose YANA (You are not alone) which offers help for those in farming who may be affected by stress and depression.  The total raised so far stands at £1,330.00 with the Virgin Money giving-page remaining open for the next two months.

John Cavana of NYMMO, said: “Ben and Simon have braved the elements, experiencing four seasons in one day, as they have battled through a combination of exhilaration and exhaustion along the way. They have done a fantastic job to help raise awareness for mental health as this is one of the hardest things they have put themselves through – it has certainly tested their endurance and mindset.

“It’s been a brotherhood of friendship throughout the journey – I have offered them warm drinks, a bed at night and a lot of deep heat and moral support, and some friends have also come out at various stages of the route to walk a few miles for encouragement.”

Tina Brough, coordinator of NYMMO, said: “The walk, completed by Ben and Simon is a great example of spending time together and to highlight the importance of listening and talking each and every day.

“Mental health issues can affect anyone, and mental health wellbeing is so important. It’s time to lose the stigma behind mental health. Mental health is especially noticeable in the farming and gamekeeping community where many lonesome days are spent out on the hills. Outdoor activities are great for mental health, wellbeing and health in general, it’s good to talk and equally important to know that there is always someone out there who will listen.”

Simon Whitehead and Ben Potter en Route for World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is October 10th, known to many as World Mental Health Day and the 2 gentlemen in this post are certainly doing their bit to raise awareness.

Simon Whitehead and Ben Potter are walking the 109 miles of the Cleveland Way in the quickest time possible, this is day 2.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened.  Most of the time those feelings pass.  BUT sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

Working in the countryside many individuals spend long periods of time alone, but please remember there is always someone out there who will listen.  A problem shared is a problem halved.

If you haven’t already supported these guys then please click on the link below and give generously.  They are raising funds for YANA – You Are Not Alone, a charity set up for those in farming who may be affected by stress and depression.




Gamekeepers Getting The Tea Ready

The Game Keepers are busy preparing the grouse from todays shoot outside the kitchen ready for a barbecue for the guns evening meal.


Healthy, sustainable, nutritious meat, you couldn’t get much fresher!




In just a few days time it’s World Mental Health Awareness Day, walking and enjoying fresh air, taking part in outside pursuits are known to be good for mental health wellbeing.


With a few changes to the original plan a small team will step out on day one of WALK2TALK to cover 109 miles of the Cleveland Way, you can join in with them along the way and do your bit for mental health wellbeing


Help us to raise awareness.