Malham Tarn Grip Blocking Project

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In addition to the work on the peat cliff, we are also blocking the drainage channels (known as grips) on the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve, which will help peat to gradually start to reform.

Over the last few hundred years the peat from the reserve has been used for many different purposes including being dug out for fuel, both domestic and industrial. Drainage channels were also dug to try to improve the area for grazing.

With the help of volunteers, and funded by Biffaward, we are now damming these channels using recycled plastic pilings hammered into the ground. By slowing this flow of water, bog vegetation will start to regrow in these areas, especially sphagnum moss which will hopefully begin the slow process of reforming peat.