• Improving River Habitats & Reducing Flooding

    Scottish environment Protection Agency | Catchment Wide



    The project aims to work with local land managers on a voluntary basis, to demonstrate how improvements in the South Esk river habitat can be combined with actions to help reduce flood risk.  This is important because it will improve the management of river catchments, helping to improve the ecology of our rivers while helping to manage flood risk. 

    What changes can people expect to see in the catchment as a result?

    People will see several areas of the catchment where the condition of beds and banks are improved (leading to better habitats), and where localised flooding is managed more effectively.

    What benefits do the works have for the catchment, the local community, biodiversity etc.?

    The works will have benefits for biodiversity in rivers and on banks, and should bring localised flood reduction.  It may also help land managers to reduce their channel and bank maintenance.

    How are you involving the local community?

    A postcard with information on the project has been sent to all local addresses, and SEPA is liaising with the River South Esk Catchment Partnership to build further local involvement.

    How does your work link in with other activities in the catchment?

    This project links well with the activities of Pearls in Peril, and the diffuse pollution priority catchment work in the South Esk. 

    Time scale

    The project involves three phases:

    • Baseline study and scoping (completed February 2014)
    • Options appraisal for restoration (completed for Melgund Burn in June 2014, currently underway for Lemno Burn)
    • Design and delivery of measures (by March 2016)


    The work is funded by the Scottish Government and SEPA.

    How the works fits with local and national policy

    The work will help to deliver Flood Risk Directive and Water Framework Directive aims.  

    Pilot catchments: