Nethergill grip blocking great success!

Grip blocking success

  • Posted On: 26 February 2017
  • Author: Fiona
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Nethergill grip blocking great 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:
Sphagnum fallax
Sphagnum papillosum
Sphagnum capillifolium
Sphagnum magellanicum
Sphagnum cuspidatum
Sphagnum palustre
Sphagnum subnitens
Sphagnum tenellum
Sphagnum inundatum
Sphagnum fimbriatum
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)


Rosie Snowden
Peatland Restoration Assistant

Yorkshire Peat Partnershi
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