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Water Management on Your Farm: Catchment Based Approach

As climate conditions continue to change the sustainable management of water on farm is of great concern for many land managers around Scotland. From unprecedented wet weather to drought conditions, farms need to become resilient to ensure that they can try to minimise the impact of these changing weather patterns on land.

A catchment is an area of land drained by a river and its tributaries. The natural movement of water throughout a catchment is ultimately impacted by topography, however, centuries of land use and land management have modified the natural flow of water. Click download to read this practical guide on catchment management.

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Related Other Resources

SEPA (2015) Natural Flood Management Handbook

Farming and Water Scotland – Natural Flood Management: A Farmer’s Guide

NFM Network Scotland

The natural flood management manual (C802F) (

McLean, L. et al (2015) The Natural Flood Management Manual (C802F)

Upper Nith River Restoration Project – Tweed Forum

Allt Lorgy, River Dulnain, Spey Catchment | Natural Flood Management Network Scotland (

Allan Water Project | Forth Rivers Trust

Adding large wood to rivers – Dee Catchment Partnership (

Designing and managing forests and woodlands to reduce flood risk (

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