The Demonstration Test Catchments (DTC) project is a joint Defra, Environment Agency (EA) and Welsh Assembly Government initiative working in three river catchments – the Wensum in Norfolk plus the Eden (Cumbria) and Avon (Hampshire).

The overall objective of the project is to provide evidence to test the hypothesis that it is possible to cost effectively reduce the impact of agricultural diffuse water pollution on ecological function while maintaining food security through the implementation of multiple on-farm measures across whole river catchments using local expertise to solve local problems. [READ MORE]

What's in the news?

  • 10 February 15: The winter conference of the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) A session on "Catch Cropping and Nutrient Management", was presented by James Beamish from Salle Farm and Andrew Lovett (UEA). James and Andrew presented results from the cultivation trials on the Salle estate to assess the impact of an oilseed radish cover crop and reduced tillage techniques on soil properties and nutrient balances. To read the full story [click here].
  • 19 January 15: Climate Change and Farming The YIELD network held an intereactive dicsussion at the Norfolk Showground on the possible impact of climate change on farming in Norfolk. Prof. Andrew Lovett from the Wensum DTC was the lead speaker. The YIELD (Young Innivative Enterprising Learning & Development) network connects rurally based professionals and is supported by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association which aims to educate and bring together people and businesses to promote a better understanding of food, farming and the countryside.
  • December 14: Winter DTC Newsletter Read about UK-China collaboration on nutrient management in agriculture and a range of other associated projects building on the work of the DTC's in the latest newsletter from the DTC programme. To read the newsletter [click here].
  • 11 Nov 14: Agritech Water Cluster Workshop, Suffolk Showground Prof Kevin Hiscock from the Wensum DTC chaired a workshop held at the Innovation For Agriculture East 2014 Conference on 'Water in Agriculture: managing future water needs'. Farmers and other delegates involved in rural land management discussed issues related to water availability and use, to identify important themes in future management of water for agricultural use.
  • 06 Nov 14: The Forum, Norwich: ESRC Festival of Social Science Event "Putting a Price on Nature" This one-off public discussion which is part of a nationwide Festival of over 200 events, brought together key representatives from the worlds of local planning, conservation, business and research. Professor Ian Bateman OBE, University of East Anglia, presented the case for valuing nature and why an economic perspective matters. A lively discussion involving invited guests from a variety of organisations with a nature conservation interest followed, along with questions from members of the public.

To read more about what's been happening see our News page.

Forthcoming events

  • 09 Mar 15: Agritech Water Cluster's workshop Agri-Tech East’s ‘Water for Agriculture‘ Special Interest Group, in partnership with the Agritech Water Cluster (based at the University of East Anglia) and Anglian Water, who have an interest in non-domestic water supply and demand, present a workshop to explore future water needs in food production, processing and packing. ‘Producing, Processing and Packaging; Managing future water needs’ will take place on Monday 9th of March in Wisbech. For more information about the event [Click Here].
  • 25 Apr 15: Wild About the Wensum! Back for it's 10th year this fun filled family day is hosted by the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust. There will be lots of exciting activities running throughout the day based around conservation in the Wensum Valley. This educational event runs from 10am to 5pm and offers an inspiring insight into the natural environment. The Wensum DTC team will be attending once again.
View Wensum DTC Google Earth project
Wensum Google Earth project
Explore the Wensum catchment from the comfort of your own computer using this 'Google Earth' project developed by GIS expert Gilla Sunnenberg. [Click here] to view the project.
Out and about
Mill on the Wensum
Three arched bridge
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