WOW What a first year!!
From our humble facebook beginnings at the start of the year, we’ve now upped the “ANTI” and have our very own website and also a twitter page where already we have a good number of followers. We’ve been out and about, met some great people, spoke to many people who didn’t really know what to think of game-keepers and hopefully we have given a little positive insight into what we are, what we do and most importantly why we do it!
NYMMO has been very lucky to have graced the papers on several occasions, The Northern Echo, Yorkshire Post, Ryedale Gazette, Farm & Country and even The London Evening Standard to name a few, we have also had some really good write ups in the shooting magazines, Fieldsports, and most recently ishoot. The articles have been a combination of interviews, topical issues and also some heated discussions regarding the “Grouse Debate” but all of this has got to be seen as a positive, what’s the saying any publicity is good publicity if people are talking about you.
Natural England work directly with estates on the monitoring of endangered birds a good example of this is the Merlin (a red status bird – highest conservation priority), and people who visit nests do so under a strict licence (given by Natural England) this is to try and keep disturbance to an absolute minimum. Several of our estates had great success stories with many broods being located and ringed, the pictures below are of ones found on Bransdale and Rosedale.
NYMMO adopted the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as its chosen charity for the year, and we are very pleased and proud to say that we have raised a massive £9,158.17 that will be presented to the charity in January.
The NYMMO charity clay shoot in June was the start of the money raising and it was actually the first real event that NYMMO had staged, there was a great turn-out with over 23 teams and 27 individuals and with the help of a raffle that had an abundance of quality items a really good amount of money was raised.
On the back of the clay shoot it was decided that NYMMO would also run an online auction, once again we had some excellent support not just from the estates who kindly donated shoot days but also a vast selection of items donated generously from a wide range of people who have connections to estates or who benefit in someway from shooting.
NYMMO would just like to say a massive thank you to all of the following people and organisations, who without the help given could not have reached the dizzy heights that they did with the clay shoot and auction.
Clay Shoot Thank You’s!!
Sara Read – N.G.O. – (Expert Organiser)
George Thompson, Paul Wilson and Jimmy Brough (Spaunton, Bransdale, Rosedale & Westerdale Estate) and all their under-keepers (sterling job done organising, trapping and scoring)
George Winn-Darley (for the venue)
L&A Dent Game Dealers (Cheque for top lady)
Northallerton Guns (Shotgun for winning Under 25)
Rosedale & Westerdale (Rough Shoot Day for Team Winners)
George, Jill and Abi Thompson (for running the bar and the raffle)
Thank you as well to everybody who donated the raffle prizes which were an abundance of quality, varied items.
Auction Thank You’s!!
Shooting Estates generously gave a variety of Grouse, Pheasant, Duck etc. shoot days, Fishing Days, Roe Buck and Billy Goat stalking and all of these were kindly donated by Rosedale & Westerdale, Spaunton, Thimbleby, Bransdale, Ravenswick, Ingleby & Baysdale, Snilesworth, Danby, Farndale, Drumlanrig Castle, Westerdale Syndicate, Thornton-le-Dale, Settrington, Skelton Castle and Urra.
There was also a mix of meals, a framed print, a grouse carving, a tweed hat, a walking stick to name but a few and these were kindly donated by the following companies or individuals Blacksmiths Arms at Lastingham, John Hutchinson, Mark Nicholson, Charlie Woof, Rupert Drury, Wykeham Lakes, Colin Barker, Isaac Walton Tweeds, Nigel Brooks, George & Jill Thompson, Cleveland Tontine, Lord Stones, Alastair Cook, Jason Lowes and Treeworx.
From their day to day duties on the fell, our keepers have openly embraced the new challenges that have been put in front of them, meeting and chatting to people and helping out with charity events. Their most daunting moment however probably came in July when they branched out into performing, in front of a huge audience, a demonstration of “A Year in the Life of a Grouse Moor” at the Great Yorkshire Show. Charlie & Murray from Bransdale, Ben & Will from Rosedale & Westerdale and Jimmy & Rob from Snilesworth were working with the Countryside Alliance, NGO, Hull Cartridge, John Cavana and Richard Walton to develop, produce and execute a fantastic display. Kevin Hollinrake (our local MP for Thirsk & Malton) came in for a chat with our game keeper Jimmy Shuttlewood which was nice to see and he took a keen interest in NYMMO and the game keeping life.
The keepers aren’t the only ones who have contributed massively to NYMMO this year, we’ve also had great support from all the beaters, flankers, pickers and loaders on shoot days, as well as BASC, NGO, Countryside Alliance, George Gunn Photography, Sporting & Country Images, Shooting Photography, Angela Waites Photography, Kane Mitchell and all the sporting magazines that have given us much needed publicity.
The National Parks have also welcomed NYMMO as a group and we were invited to join the Park Fest at Danby and the Moorfest at the Sutton Bank Park Centre. At these events NYMMO worked alongside Brian Sweeney representing the Danby Moor Environmental Stewardship Scheme, which is funded by Natural England and managed by local upland farmers and the Dawnay Estate staff. The scheme is hoping to improve the quality of the moorland landscape, increase biodiversity, and offset the impacts of climate change. The project involves the sensitive management of moorland to provide a diverse mosaic of habitats that benefit wildlife, sheep and Red Grouse.
NYMMO are already looking forward to, and planning for 2017, don’t forget our first event of the year is the Charity Sky Dive on the 26th March at SkyDive St. George where 14 of our very own Game Keepers are doing tandem jumps raising money for Cancer Research and NYMMO, anyone looking to sponsor them can contact us directly for more details.
The end of the first year of NYMMO being the voice of the gamekeepers in the North Yorkshire Moors and what a good reception we have been getting, the above is an article primarily made up of “Thank You’s” but once again we couldn’t have done it alone and we apologise if you haven’t been named above but we really haven’t forgotten about you.
Finally we’ll end the year by saying a big “HAPPY NEW YEAR” from all at NYMMO.