New Catchment Model Unveiled

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Our new catchment model was a hit with show-goers at both the Peebles and the Glendale Agricultural Show this month.  Recreating 2 river catchments in miniature, one catchment featuring various natural flood management (NFM) measures and another reflecting a more typical modern rural landscape, the model is a tangible demonstration of the benefits of NFM.  "Rain" is introduced into the catchments via a number of nozzles and the resulting flow of water through the river channel and across the wider landscape can be easily seen. More importantly, the volume of water "retained" by the two catchments can be measured, showing very clearly that the catchment with various NFM measures retains far more water than its counterpart.  This natural capacity of the landscape to retain water is what NFM relies on, slowing flood flows so that flood events are more manageable for the communities impacted by them.  The model will be on display at a number of local and national (e.g. Royal Highland Show, the Scottish Game Fair) shows and events over the next 18 months and we are really looking forward to sharing our NFM experiences with a wider audience.

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