We are working hard to restore our valuable blanket bogs
From the 1950s onwards grips were dug for drainage of bogs. Either to help with access for farm machinery or, by drying out the land, to favour conditions for heather or grass grazing. Grips are straight drainage channels dug into the ground, often visible on aerial maps as they form a herringbone pattern.
These days we recognise the value of preserving a bog habitat on peat sites, for instance, a healthy, wet peatland site can help absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Keeping peatlands wet also helps regulate water flow and water quality further downstream. Also, with the potential for hot, dry summers around the corner, it is important to have wetter areas to help invertebrates and bird chicks during those dry spells.