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October brings us to the start of the Heather Burning season, a vital part of our moorland management.
Prescribed heather burning is the planned burning of small areas of older heather with the aim of achieving a low intensity, quick, cook burn in small patches which removes the canopy but does not affect the underlying peat or soil layer.
Why do we do it?.. As heather and grass plants become older they become less palatable, tougher and lower in nutrients. The process of burning small areas removes the older growth and allows the plants to regenerate after the burn. New heather and grass shoots follow along with other types of plants such as bilberry and blueberry, key foods for red grouse and many more moorland birds and animals. Burning patches of heather in different years in this way provides a patchwork of areas of heather in different heights. This Mosaic provides areas that are suitable for feeding, breeding and cover in close proximity to each other which is not only beneficial to Red grouse but a host of moorland birds, Curlews in particular are found to be more abundant as the percentage of recently burnt ground increases, along with
Golden Plover who also prefer to nest in areas of heather where burning has occurred.
The season for heather burning is between October and April.
#heatherburning #heather #regeneration #moorlandmangement #managedmoorlands #conservation #rarebirds #redlist #curlew #goldenplover #yorkshiredales #YDMG

The famous grouse from #SpeysideMG has decided to pop down to Yorkshire and tell us the news from over the border 🤣 #FamousGrouse #TalkingGrouse #bringingusthelatestnews #moorlandgroups #grouse #yorkshire #yorkshiredales #YDMG @speysidemg

Back in my happy place 😊 #grouseshooting #grousehunting #ydmg #wensleydale

#Repost @yorkshiredalesmoorlandgroup Educating future generations 👌🏻
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Back in March this year the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group hosted a working gundog test to raise funds for a outdoor learning forest classroom for a small dales primary school.
Today we visited Kettlewell Primary and two of our gamekeepers gave the children a lesson in the new facility on the wildlife they can find on the managed moorlands that surrounds them.
Alongside this we had Tony O’Hare from @burrendalegundogs who showed the children how the gamekeepers use the dogs them to assist them in their work.
Gareth Dockerty from @bascnews also attended as they contributed £1000.00 towards the outdoor classroom, and Colin Chalkley owner of @dog_and_field attended too as he kindly sponsored the working gundog test.
It was wonderful to get the children outside and see them enjoying their new classroom facility. #forestclassroom #outdoorlearning #outdoorclassroom #kettlewell #yorkshiredales #yorkshiredalesnationalpark #fundraising #education #educatethemyoung #managedmoorland #gamekeepers #wildlife #workinggundogs #YDMG

Back in March this year the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group hosted a working gundog test to raise funds for a outdoor learning forest classroom for a small dales primary school.
Today we visited Kettlewell Primary and two of our gamekeepers gave the children a lesson in the new facility on the wildlife they can find on the managed moorlands that surrounds them.
Alongside this we had Tony O’Hare from @burrendalegundogs who showed the children how the gamekeepers use the dogs them to assist them in their work.
Gareth Dockerty from @bascnews also attended as they contributed £1000.00 towards the outdoor classroom, and Colin Chalkley owner of @dog_and_field attended too as he kindly sponsored the working gundog test.
It was wonderful to get the children outside and see them enjoying their new classroom facility. #forestclassroom #outdoorlearning #outdoorclassroom #kettlewell #yorkshiredales #yorkshiredalesnationalpark #fundraising #education #educatethemyoung #managedmoorland #gamekeepers #wildlife #workinggundogs #YDMG

Wensleydale looking on point yesterday 👌🏻 when you get days like this there is nowhere better to be than on top of a hill with a cracking view 😊 #wensleydale #shootday #sunshine #happyonahill #beautifulday #yorkshiredales #yorkshire #YDMG

Grouse are a wild game bird.
It’s extremely rare for them to have any sort of human contact.
As the birds begin to form pairs during the autumn, males become increasingly territorial.
This cock bird however has succumb to the charms of one of our gamekeepers #grouse #gamekeeper #birdwisperer #wildbird #grousemoor #yorkshire #yorkshiredales #YDMG

One of the few estates in the YDMG that have a surplus of grouse this season had a shoot day yesterday.... Storm Ali had other ideas #shootday #grousemoor #yorkshiredales #tadwindy #bitbreezy #stormali #attemptingtobringadrivein #funtimes #greatoutdoors #YDMG

This weekend we have been at the Midland Game fair along with our fellow Moorland Group @peakdistrictmoorlandgroup, working together to talk to anyone attending the show who was interested to hear about all the many benefits of managed moorlands.
We are thankful to @the_ngo_gamekeepers for giving our Moorland groups the opportunity to go along with them to these large well attended shows. #workingtogethermakesusbetter #moorlandgroups #midlandgamefair #ngo #pdmg #YDMG

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More Barn owl sightings on our managed moorlands. This one was very friendly and inquisitive last night, just perched himself on the front of the Polaris #barnowl #owl #inquisitive #friendly #polaris #managedmoorland #wehavewildlife #yorkshiredales #yorkshire #YDMG

Who let the dogs out ?? A nice variation of dogs today coming out the back of the beaters wagon for a days work across the grouse moor, ranging from the traditional labradors to labradoodles, all breeds are welcome to help flush and locate the grouse.
Working gundogs are a vital part of our shoot days on the moor, all of these dogs are looked after fed and maintained all year round to help us during the season, with 23 managed moorland estates within our Yorkshire Dales group that’s a lot of working gundogs helping our local economy with tons of dog food brought each month from local suppliers alongside keeping our rural vets busy. All these dogs look forward to the season just as much as we do and it’s great to have them by our sides.
#workinggundogs #gundogsofinstagram #shootday #grousemoor #beaterswagon #anydogwilldo #101dogs #wholetthedogsout #mansbesfriend #localeconomy #yorkshiredales #managedmoorland #YDMG

I gotta say this new project has been a challenge to me. It definitely pushed me to learn new things and work under pressure. Further Out coming, stay tuned. - OJP #YDMG

The beautiful Barn Owl is, perhaps, our most-loved owl. With its distinctive heart-shaped face, pure white feathers, and ghostly silent flight, its easy to identify.
The barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds, therefore it is on the green list of birds of conservation concern, however like many birds, is now choosing the edges of our managed moorlands as a favoured habitat. More and more reports of sighting throughout the whole of the Yorkshire Dales keep on coming in. This photograph was taken at the very north of the Yorkshire Dales on the edge of some managed moorland today in an area where no one has seen them before. #barnowl #birdofprey #managedmoorland #wehavewildlife #yorkshiredales #YDMG

Over the past two days whilst at Reeth & Kilnsey Show we have been running a competition for a new Facebook cover picture. We asked the children who visited the stands to draw a picture of a moorland animal, those that took part did an amazing job, there is certainly some budding artists amongst them.
After a lot of deliberation between the judges we have finally agreed on a winner, huge congratulations goes to....
**Betsy Willis, age 9 ** with her beautiful Meadow Pipit, it will be our new cover picture until the end of September.
Thank you to all of you for taking part here is also a few more of our favourites 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #congratulations #winner #facebookcover #competition #art #youngartist #meadowpipit #moorlandanimal #managedmoorland #yorkshiredales #YDMG

Little clip of yesterday’s display we put on in the main arena at Reeth show with John Cavana on the mic. Great to get all the children involved and have the opportunity to give the audience an in site into how a driven grouse day is run and how this industry benefits the local economy #reethshow #reeth #swaledale #yorkshiredales #YDMG #mainarena

The fantastic up and coming photographer @dales_life_through_the_lens captured our day at Reeth Show perfectly today, thank you 🙏🏻👏🏻👍🏻 #reeth #reethshow #swaledale #yorkshiredales #dayattheshowcapturedoncamera #photography #photographer #greatpictures #thankyou #YDMG

We all set up at Reeth Show for the day, lots for the children to do so please pop by and say hello to the gamekeepers of the Yorkshire Dales. We will also be doing a display in the main arena 1pm & 4pm ‘year in the life of a gamekeeper’ #reethshow #swaledale #reeth #countryshow #education #popby #sayhello #yorkshiredales #YDMG

Yay it’s the bank holiday weekend 😊
We will be at Reeth show on Monday and Kilnsey show on Tuesday.
We would love you to come along and meet us all. Gamekeepers from the dales will be on hand in the tent to answer any questions on moorland management and while the grown ups chat we have fun quizzes for the children to do.
On Monday @ Reeth we also have the extremely talented, award winning chef @johnrudden_ John Rudden from Grassington house who will be in the cookery demonstration marquee showing you the best ways to cook grouse at 11am and again at 1.45pm, and in the main arena at 1pm & 4pm come and watch a year in the life of a gamekeeper with John Cavana and the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group team.
Looking forward to meeting lots of you there 😊 #bankholiday #countryshow #yorkshire #yorkshiredales #reethshow #reeth #kilnsey #kilnseyshow #wharfedale #swaledale #moorlandmanagement #comeandyalktous #gamekeepers #grouse #cookgame #eatmoregame #cookerydemonstration #yearinthelifeofagamekeeper #mainarena #YDMG

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