Boggy Moorland above Wet Sleddale

Boggy Moorland above Wet Sleddale

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Caption: Boggy Moorland above Wet Sleddale that has had drainage ditches dug into the peat, known as gripping, to try and make the ground more suitable for sheep grazing. This is disastrous environmentally, causing a triple whammy of destruction. for a marginal gain in sheep farming, it degrades the moorland bog as a habitat for specialist plants and animals, it reduces the peat bogs ability to lock away and store carbon, and it greatly increases the flood risk downstream, as rain water drains straight off the land, rather than being taken up and released slowly by the peat and sphagnum moss.

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