Nethergill grip blocking great success!
Grip blocking success
The Yorkshire Peat Partnership blocked grips on Oughtershaw Moss, Nethergill Farm in 2016. In February 2017 they came back to monitor progress.......
Nethergill monitoring update
On a recent trip to Nethergill to monitor the effect of the grip damming we were delighted with the results and particularly the abundance and range in species of sphagnum, with a total of 10 species identified, the most on one site in Yorkshire!
The grip blocking has been an overall success with roughly 95% of the dams remaining intact and holding water back, creating pools and allowing it to infiltrate the peat and raise the water table.
The sphagnum is doing incredibly well colonising the grip bottoms and many other true bog species are thriving including cranberry, cross-leaved heather and the elusive sundew.
Full species list:
Calluna Vulgaris (heather)
Eriophorum angustifolium (common cottongrass)
Eriophorum vaginatum (hare’s tail cottongrass)
Scirpus cespitosus (deergrass)
Erica tetralix (cross-leaved heather)
Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry)
Vaccinium oxycoccos (cranberry)
Narthecium ossifragum (bog asphodel)
Drosera spp. (sundew)
Juncus effuses (soft rush)
Juncus squarrosus (heath rush)
Polytrichum commune (star moss)
Peatland Restoration Assistant
Yorkshire Peat Partnershi