It was quite possibly one of the worst weather days for these school children to come out onto the Moor at Westerdale, we had rain, wind and fog but absolutely no complaints from any of the children who loved their day out of the classroom. We have to admit however that we did utilise the row of Grouse Butts to take shelter for a little while!
Despite the weather, gamekeepers Jimmy and Ben still managed to point out 6 bird species, Mallard, Herring Gull, Grouse, Meadow Pipit, Curlew and Golden Plover.
We also managed to spot a very well camouflaged grouse in the heather sitting on eggs.
NYMMO strongly believe that getting school children out onto the moors is really important education and this is something that we will be doing lots more in the coming months.
BASC have invited us to work alongside them and a number of other local partners in running a scheme that will enable hundreds of six to 11-year-olds to visit the moors, help with conservation tasks and learn about the region’s unique habitats and wildlife. This great initiative was made possible after North Yorkshire Police gave £3,000 from their Police Property Fund and then BASC added a further £7,000 from their legacy funding to enable more schools to participate.