Yorkshire True Grit is the ultimate off road cycling adventure challenge that takes you across the stunning North York Moors using a combination of public bridleways and private tracks.
This years event was held over the weekend of Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June and after a meeting with Snilesworth Estates head Gamekeeper Jimmy Shuttlewood, they included this informative piece into the participants information packs.
“The North York Moors is a conservation area, and part of the area that you will be cycling through is the Snilesworth Estate. They manage the world’s most successful conservation area; and this is privately funded by the sale of Grouse that are shot.
You may see Red Grouse, which can only be found in the British Isles, and other birds as you are taking part in Yorkshire True Grit. The gravel tracks that we have been given permission to use for this event are to access shooting butts and for the management of the moor. These tracks cross stunning heather moorland; 75% of the world’s heather is in the British Isles and the largest single area of heather is on the North York Moors. The management of the heather and the moors for Grouse Shooting has led to the increase in numbers of Curlew, Lapwing, Golden Plover and Merlin, and all thrive better here than anywhere else in the country.
All of these birds and the Red Grouse are ground nesting birds – this means the young are on the ground for around 6 weeks before they fly and disturbance can separate the young from their nesting site and if this happens they are likely to die. If you come across any young birds whilst you cycle Yorkshire True Grit, we would urge you to be mindful of this and ask you to move cautiously around them. The moors are not saturated with Grouse as this would upset the natural balance of this eco-system – each breeding pair needs 4 acres of heather to survive on the moorland!
The management of the moors injects around £1m into the local economy.”
Another great way of informing the general public about a small section of the good work that is done on our moors.