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Peat clamps

Hand cut peat from a blanket bog in Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland. This form of peat removal, while it does destroy the rare peatland ecosystem, is too small-scale to cause major damage in the short term. Here the peat blocks, after drying, are further dried by being placed in 'clamps' which allow the air to circulate around the peat. The clamps will have to be 'footed' i.e. the peat blocks reversed, to allow the bottom part of the peat to dry away from contact with the ground.