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How Human Activities and Processes on the North Yorkshire Moors have affected the Enviroment

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How Human Activities and Processes on the North Yorkshire Moors have affected the Enviroment In the 1940's and 50's gripping was introduced to the North Yorkshire Moors. Gripping was when Farmers got grants from the goverment to dig miles of trenches (ditches) 50cm deep, to drain wet areas of heath and blanket bog. There were advantages and disadvantages to this though. Gripping would improve the Moors as there would be less water going into the rivers, instead rainfall would go into the grips, therefore the water could be drunk by any lifestock in the fields. Before, when there where no grips it was safer for sheep to graze and play safely but now over the years that the grips have been there,it has caused hazardous for sheep as they could either fall into the watery depths of the grips, or worse farmers lose lambs and sheep, which fall deep into deep, eroded grips and cannot escape. ...read more.

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Grouse Chicks, for example, in the critical first few weeks of their life, must have insects. Another disadvantage has been a more rapid drainage of surface water, which can cause erosion of grips and flooding of rivers. 'Grips are leaking wounds that will never heal' said another farmer Hill farmers make a living from all this and think its neccessary for there way of life. But thats not what the villagers think as Lambs have had to be taken away to safe areas in winter as they dont know when the flooding will start. There has been conflict between the villagers and the hill farmers as the hill farmers think they are making the enviroment a safer place when infact they are destroying it. And making it unsafe for there flock. ...read more.

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Using Grips Using grips mean that they act like little rivers which means there is less water going into the rivers but it can also cause flooding downstream because it brings out the river much quicker causing sudden bursts of water which have flooded the towns downstream.The effects of drainage using grips include:Loss of young birds, including Grouse and waders, which fall into and cannot get out of steep sided grips. wet soil conditions and damage to plant species. An increased incidence of flooding and flash flooding caused by greatly increased speed of run off, which also causes damage to Wall and Fences which have been wiped away with the force of the floods.There is a reduced number in invertebrates, which are used as a food source for a variaty of birds. If the insects die then the Fish die and if the fish die then the birds die because they have nothing to eat. ...read more.

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