Natural Flood Management feasibility study in the Scottish Borders

We're working with the Scottish Borders Council to assess and test the effectiveness of potential Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures used in the catchment to reduce downstream flood risk. This work will help inform possible future works in the catchment and also future flood risk management cycles.

Written by Ryan Jennings | Senior Natural Flood Management Analyst

Hydrological assessment and site walkovers

In order to assess and test the effectiveness of potential NFM measures, we carried out a desk-based hydrological assessment. This study was supported with targeted site walkovers to develop a “realistic” NFM scenario for subsequent modelling.

The site walkovers improved our understanding of the feasibility of NFM measures, by engaging with landowners and collecting vital information on local constraints and potential.

Tweed Forum

We worked collaboratively with the Tweed Forum, whose local knowledge has helped to showcase some of the great nature-based solutions work already undertaken across the catchment by the landowners. Including floodplain woodland planting and peatland restoration.

These sites were clearly improving the local habitat and water quality, whilst slowing the flow and decreasing flood risk downstream. 

Improvements for communities at risk

As well as the fantastic local work which has already taken place in the catchment, we located several additional sites where improvements could be made to the catchment’s resilience for water quality and biodiversity. These improvements will also provide benefits for landowners and communities at risk.

The project continues to quantify the benefits of NFM within the catchment on the communities at risk through catchment scale hydraulic modelling.

Improvements for communities at risk
Improvements for communities at risk

Did you know?

We are one of the leading providers of Natural Flood Management in the UK. Due to our extensive experience, we have recently been appointed by the Environment Agency to lead the modelling elements of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) NFM Research Programme (QNFM and LANDWISE NFM projects).

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Want to know more?

Contact Ryan Jennings for more information about our NFM work in the Scottish Borders.


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