Welsh Soil Discussion Group

Welsh Soil Discussion Group

The Welsh Soils Discussion Group was set up to encourage discussion and interest in the study of soils in Wales. The group provides an oportunity for British Society of Soil Science members and others with an interest in soil from different institutions/ industry to meet and discuss problems and topics of common interest.

Group Chair: Ian Rugg

Group Secetary: Mrs Sarah Coe

Group Treasurer: Vacancy

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Looking back on March: An Update from Dan

Happy Springtime everyone,

Tunnelling a passageway through the soil, furnishing our beds and borders with elegance and vitality is a floral promise. A promise of longer days, and lighter evenings; a promise to banish the clouds and cast off the rain. This promise, once dormant under thick clods of earth, now stands tall and dainty; a yellow delicacy swaying to the music of Springtime...

Welsh Soils Discussion Group Spring Meeting

Event date: 
Friday, April 20, 2018
Event venue: 
Medrus Room, 3 Penglais Campus, Abersytswyth, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Please note change of location: Meeting will now be held at above address - see  3 Penglais Campus, Abertystwyth

The Welsh Soils Discussion Group are pleased to announce their Spring Meeting in Aberystwyth on Friday 20 April.  

BASIS CPD has been accredited to this meeting at a total of 4 points (3 Environment + 1 Personal Development).

We would really like you to join us for an interesting and enjoyable day (see details below) so sign up and save the date!


10.00            Arrival and refreshments

10.30            Start

10.30            Policy / Research / Student updates/ Hot issues

10.50            Dr Martin Lukac (Reading University): Soil biodiversity, why pay the insurance money? Saving   money through soil management.

11.20            Rachel Lewis-Davies (NFU Cymru): Soils: what information and help do farmers need?

11.50            Dan Evans (Lancaster University): Soil erosion: How many harvests do we have left?

12.20            Dr David Robinson (CEH Bangor): Soil diversity and habitats, GMEP and soils in Area  Statements.

13.00            Lunch: please bring your own lunch - tea and coffee provided

13.30            James Cooke (Welsh Government): Soils, land quality and suitability – update on the Predictive ALC model.

14.00             Professor Richard Lucas (Aberystwyth University): Use of Earth Observation to identify Welsh soil properties.

15.00             Discussion     

15.30             Close


  • The event is free for members
  • Non-members are requested to pay a nominal fee of £10. 

Refreshments will be provided, however please bring your own lunch.

Please note that we need ALL ATTENDEES TO REGISTER in order that we can arrange adequate seating and refreshments! 


Maps and Parking Permit are available below, but if you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact either Sarah.coe@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or Ian.Rugg@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK


Groups audience: 

Looking back on January: An Update from Dan

Hello everyone,

It feels like just a few days ago that I sat down and wrote my New Year’s ReSOILutions. However, a month has passed already! There’s already a fine film of dust over the Christmas baubles and though we gaze out onto frosty mornings with dreams of summer, we realize that Spring – that season of hope and renewal – will be around soon enough. I hope you’ve had a wonderful January.

BSSS annual meeting on World Soil Day : The 4 per mil initiative

SEESOIL are co-hosting this year's BSSS annual meeting (it is on our patch) on what the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative means for UK soils.
The ‘4 per 1000’ (4 per mil) initiative was launched at the COP21 in 2015, with the aim to slow down the increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by annually increasing global soil organic carbon stocks by 0.4 % per year.
This initiative has sparked a mixed reaction to the feasibility of achieving this, and discussion over what this means for soil management.

Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday - members needed!

Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday!

The Society is looking for members to team up with farmers this year for Open Farm Sunday (OFS) to bring soil science to the farm. OFS is an annual open doors, family friendly event for the general public to find out about food and farming. The event is on Sunday 11 June 2017 and participating farms are listed on the OFS website https://farmsunday.org/

SEESOIL event 22 March - last chance to register!

Just a reminder that registration will be closing tomorrow for the SEESOIL event at Kew Gardens on 22 March. It is free for society members and £10 for non-members.

For further details and registration:

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,
Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)


You can follow SEESOIL on twitter @sesoil for updates