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This year the glorious twelfth has been put on hold in more ways than one. Firstly because it has fallen this year on a Sunday, which means no shooting will take place until tomorrow due to the Game Act 1831 which prohibits game shooting on a Sunday and on Christmas Day in England and Wales.
Secondly, due to the beast from the east followed by a long hot dry summer the grouse have suffered. When there is not a surplus of grouse estates don’t shoot as many days, if any at all, therefore there is a huge knock on effect to the local economy. No shoot days = no casual staff needed (beaters, flankers, loaders, pickers up), no caterers needed meaning the local butcher, baker, and green grocer will also suffer, no hotels needed, no extra vehicle hire, no extra fuel at the local filling stations, no extra trade for local shops.
The absence of grouse will be felt not just on the moors, but also on restaurant menus.
It’s important to remember that whether it’s successful season or a poor season the owners of these precious moors still invest the same amount into their upkeep year round which benefits many people who enjoy them.
Photo credit to Alan Ward @countryfieldmedia #glorioustwelfth #notthisyear #noshootingonsundays #grouse #managedmoorland #localeconomy #yorkshiredales #YDMG

This year the glorious twelfth has been put on hold in more ways than one. Firstly because it has fallen this year on a Sunday, which means no shooting will take place until tomorrow due to the Game Act 1831 which prohibits game shooting on a Sunday and on Christmas Day in England and Wales.
Secondly, due to the beast from the east followed by a long hot dry summer the grouse have suffered. When there is not a surplus of grouse estates don’t shoot as many days, if any at all, therefore there is a huge knock on effect to the local economy. No shoot days = no casual staff needed (beaters, flankers, loaders, pickers up), no caterers needed meaning the local butcher, baker, and green grocer will also suffer, no hotels needed, no extra vehicle hire, no extra fuel at the local filling stations, no extra trade for local shops.
The absence of grouse will be felt not just on the moors, but also on restaurant menus.
It’s important to remember that whether it’s successful season or a poor season the owners of these precious moors still invest the same amount into their upkeep year round which benefits many people who enjoy them.
Photo credit to Alan Ward @countryfieldmedia #glorioustwelfth #notthisyear #noshootingonsundays #grouse #managedmoorland #localeconomy #yorkshiredales #YDMG

Saturday is the start of this years scarecrow festival in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell.
The annual event has been held in Kettlewell since 1994 and raises money for the local primary school, parish church and village hall.
If you are visiting this year be sure to look out for our YDMG gamekeeper, it may be August and yes he should be busy on the moor but he has taken some time out of his busy schedule to keep up the good work for us promoting our managed moorlands to the thousands of visitors that come from far and wide for this lovely family day out in the dales. #kettlewellscarecrowfestival #kettlewell #gamekeeper #scarecrows #managedmoorland #yorkshiredales #YDMG

Stoney n the b day boy G. Rygar at Carribean center video shoot n party!!!!! Brothers n Partners
#StoneyBrookx #GhemonyRygar #Youngdogs #ydmg #BrothersKeepers #jamaicanmusic #jamaicanhiphop #BrooklynDancehall #FlatbushFinest #LindenBulliesFrLindenBully #NewYorkArtists

Today’s children who visited our stand @bbccountryfilelive were certainly enjoying themselves with all the feathers after they had plucked some pigeons. Learning through play is recognised as an important way for young children to understand and digest information. Well done to our YDMG team for all there hard work over a busy few days at the show. As they head home, gamekeepers from the North York Moors @nymmo_uk are heading down for the weekend so if you planning on visiting the show be sure to pop by to the @the_ngo_gamekeepers tent to meet them and find out about our managed moorlands #educatethemyoung #learningthroughplay #featherhead #pigeonfeathers #play #learn #fieldtofork #eatwild #eatgame #eatmoregame #managedmoorland #yorkshiredales #YDMG

2nd day completed at Countryfile Live and our very own top spokesman Jimmy Shuttlewood joins the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group on the The National Gamekeepers' Organisation stand.

Education is a key message that NYMMO along with all the other moorland groups were set up to promote and events such as these give us the perfect platform to work with. The Gamekeepers are embracing their additional job roles which takes them out of the moors which is their comfort zone and into the public eye to let people know what they do and why they do it. This new amended job description is paramount in securing their jobs and the future of managed moorland as a whole.

The MANAGED versus UNMANAGED display creates great interest and this helps the gamekeepers explain about #PredatorControl, #RotationalHeatherBurning, #ShootDays, #EmploymentOpportunities, #EconomicBenefits to name but a few.
The #PigeonPlucking is once again going down a storm, young and old there's plenty of people wanting to try it and of course the added bonus is you get to eat it when you've finished. That's right pluck the bird, get the breasts removed and let the great chef's on the stand cook it for you to enjoy, can't get much fresher than that!

#NYMMO #NorthYorkMoors #NGO #NPMG #YDMG #PeakDistrictMoorlandGroup #ForestOfBowlandMoorlandGroup #NidderdaleMoorlandGroup #SecuringOurFuture #EducationIsKey#FieldToFork

Today on @bbcradio2 they said in a recent survey 1 in 10 children aged between 6-11 don’t know that apples come from a tree!! Hard to believe basic education about where food comes from is so poor., thankfully children were being well educated today @bbccountryfilelive thanks to our YDMG team, lots of children visited our stand and were able to have a go at plucking pigeons. Over 40 pigeons got plucked, then took over to the butchery section where the children who plucked them learnt how breast meat is taken off a bird, they then watched them getting cooked on the BBQ and finally the best bit., eating the meat they had prepared., simple yet very important education for these youngsters along with for many, their first taste of game! A great day in the office for team YDMG #educatethemyoung #eatmoregame #fieldtofork #bbccountryfile #bbccountryfilelive #pluckingpigeons #gametoeat #teachthemwherefoodcomesfrom #eathealthy #eatgame #eatwild #thisiswhatitsallabout #yorkshiredales #blenheimpalace #YDMG @bbccountryfilelive @the_ngo_gamekeepers @bascnews @countryfilemagazine

Some of the keepers from the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group had a busy day yesterday setting up the stand @bbccountryfilelive we are thrilled to be able to have a presence at the show with thanks to @the_ngo_gamekeepers ., the YDMG team have been busy creating a mini moorland, one side of the fence shows managed moorland with an abundance of wildlife #wehavewildlife and managed vegetation with lots of wild and rare plants. The other side of the fence shows what unmanaged moorland looks like to show the audience the difference and let them decide... with our gamekeepers on hand today and tomorrow then @nymmo_uk keepers will be there Saturday & Sunday to answer any questions, we are hopeful to get our message across with facts and real life people who work with passion throughout the year on the managed grouse moors @bbccountryfilelive #countryfile #countryfilelive #countryfilemagazine #blenheimpalace #moorlandgroups #nationalgamekeepersorganisation #havingavoice #managedmoorland #WeHaveWildlife #moorlandmanagement #yorkshiredales #YDMG #NYMMO @yorkshiredalesmoorlandgroup @nymmo_uk @the_ngo_gamekeepers @countryfilemagazine @bbccountryfilelive @thefieldmagazine

Ok okay okayyyyyyy due to some complications we decided to switch to the second of August!!! To miss is to miss BIGGGGGGG!!!!!
#Stoneybrookx #MrBoombyayy #PartyLikeItsMyBirthday #videoshoot #Youngdogs #ydmg #FlatbushFinest #BrooklynDancehall #jamaicanhiphop #NewYorkArtists #newyork #jamaicanmusic #reggaemusic #reggae #redhotradio

Last week Gamekeepers from three different estates within the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group took Mr Rishi Sunak (MP for Richmond, Yorks) up onto the Bolton Castle estate to demonstrate the management practices being carried out and the many benefits it provides, not least the favourable habitat that allows for a thriving upland wader population in Yorkshire.
The keepers provided a first-hand account of the vital role they play in the monitoring and conservation of thriving ground-nesting bird populations where high densities of breeding curlew, golden plover, lapwing, redshank and snipe are being recorded.
The dangers of wildfires during such a prolonged heatwave were also highlighted. The gamekeepers outlined the importance of controlled heather burning as a way of managing the fuel load and mitigating future wildfire risk.
Rishi Sunak MP said: “It was good to spend time up on the moors with these custodians of landscapes we value so much and, in turn, are so valuable for the local economy because of the visitors they attract. Their knowledge of this world-class environment is astounding. I learnt a huge amount about the importance of moorland management and how it contributes to the astonishing range of wildlife that thrives on these moors alongside the grouse. ” #localmp #visitingmanagedmoorland #yorkshiredales #gamekeeper #YDMG

August edition of The Field Magazine is the one I look forward to the most, so thrilled to bits this year the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group have got some coverage 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @thefieldmagazine @yorkshiredalesmoorlandgroup #thefieldmagazine #YDMG #augustedition #grouse #managedmoorland #benefitsofmanagedmoorlands #readallaboutit #inthepress #lovemyjob #makingadifference #nomoormyths #wehavewildlife #yorkshiredales

Spotted this week, a brood of 16 Grey Partridge chicks. Great to see another red listed bird doing well on managed moorland.
The grey partridge is on the red list of course for conservation concern as since the early part of the 20th century the species have declined in all 31 countries in which found.
In the U.K the reduction in numbers is believed to be as high as 80% probably caused mainly by modern farming practices on lower ground which have affected their nesting cover along with the increased use of herbicides and pesticides which reduces the insect abundance.
In the first weeks of life, grey partridge chicks feed almost exclusively on insects to obtain the proteins needed for rapid growth.
The largest recorded grey partridge clutch laid by a single hen in Britain was 25, in Sussex in 1974. There hasn’t been a larger one recorded since then.
#WeHaveWildlife
#englishpartridge #greypartridge #chicks #redlist #largebrood #gamekeeper #managedmoorland #yorkshiredales #YDMG

Here is our YDMG cricket team looking happy despite losing out on brining the Moorland Groups LA Dent challenge cup home with them yesterday in this years cricket match. Team YDMG played their hearts out but sadly missed out on bringing the cup home by 4 runs. Congratulations to team NYMMO on retaining the cup for another year 👏🏻🏆
It’s great to have these social gatherings before the start of the season 🏏🍻☀️#NYMMO #YDMG #challengecup #cricket #cricketmatch #westerdale #moorlandgroups #ladent #yorshiredales #northyorkmoors

Cuckoo fledgling picture sent in by one of our YDMG gamekeepers out on his rounds yesterday.
Cuckoo are on the red list of conservation concern with only a reported 15,000 breading pairs in the Uk.
Common cuckoos are solitary birds more often heard than seen. The familiar and unforgettable 'cuck-oo cuck-oo' call heralds the beginning of spring when they return to Europe from wintering in sub-Saharan Africa and south east Asia. As one of the most infamous brood parasites, cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other birds with precision timing. Once hatched, the chick ejects the legitimate occupants and then gets fed by its new and unsuspecting foster parents - true masters of deception.
Did you know?
Cuckoos shake the toxins out of hairy caterpillars before eating them. #WeHaveWildlife #cuckoo #redlist #favoritefood #hairycaterpillars #broodparasites #nestthief #cleverbird #wildlife #managedmoorland #yorkshire #yorkshiredales #yorkshiredalesnationalpark #YDMG

We are delighted to announce that a hen harrier breeding attempt has been successful on a grouse moor in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Four hen harrier chicks out of five, one male and three females, have hatched and all are in good health. BTO officials have rung all the chicks and Natural England are carefully monitoring the nest until all chicks fully fledge. The keepers have been carrying out diversionary feeding offering supplementary food to the chicks since they hatched. This technique ensures the best fledging rate and also diverts the adult birds’ attention from taking the chicks of other vulnerable ground nesting birds.
There has been a good level of success for hen harriers breeding on moorland managed for grouse this year, which has also included the recent discovery of 13 hen harrier chicks in Lancashire across three nests and a further nest in Derbyshire with four chicks.
#WeHaveWildlife
This campaign is putting Chris Packham and his Bioblitz tour (#WeWantWildlife) straight as nature reserves and wildlife centres are NOT the only places to find wildlife.
The ten-day Bioblitz tour will ONLY visit the nature reserves and wild life centres of Filey Bird Observatory, North Yorkshire today (Wednesday 18th July) and then head to Nosterfield Nature Reserve, North Yorkshire and Fairburn Ings, West Yorkshire on Thursday.
The tour deliberately misses out key pitstops when in Yorkshire – moorland managed for grouse shooting which provides favourable habitat for a range of bird species including curlew, golden plover, lapwing, merlin and snipe.
We encourage as many of you as possible to get behind the #WeHaveWildlife campaign by sharing our efforts on Facebook and Instagram and sending in images of the wildlife you spot when out and about in our beautiful Yorkshire moors. Using the hashtag’s #WeHaveWildlife and #YDMG ..
#breedingsuccess #henharrier #yorkshiredales #managedmoorland #wildlife #YDMG

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