Scottish Soil Discussion Group

Scottish Soil Discussion Group

The Scottish Soils Discussion Group was recently re-formed, and is intended to encourage interest and discussion, and to foster ideas and debate in relation to Scottish soils. We aim to provide a forum for people from science, industry and other interest groups to share ideas and discuss problems.  Our activities include the organisation of events and aiding the flow of soil-related information between and within BSSS and other groups.

Group Chair: Dr Matt Aitkenhead (James Hutton Institute) and Dr Sarah Buckingham (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Secretary: Dr Jennifer Carfrae (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Treasurer: Dr Nikki Baggerly

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Latest posts

Termites and soils in a dryland environment

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Event venue: 
James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen (screened to Dundee site)
Event description: 

Sam Gandy from the James Hutton Institute will deliver this Aberdeen Entomological Club seminar entitled “Termites and soils in a dryland environment”. It will be held at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen (and screened to the Institute’s Dundee site).

More details here


Peatland Restoration: Policy and Practice - Joint meeting SSDG & NSN

Event date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Event venue: 
International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-on-Tyne, United Kingdom
Event description: 

A joint meeting between the Northern Soils Network and the Scottish Soils Discussion Group will take place on 23rd February in Newcastle. The meeting will cover ongoing work and research in peatland restoration across the UK.

Peatland in the UK has been managed for centuries, and in many places has been drained or cut extensively. Current UK climate goals require a reduction in our national carbon emissions and finding new ways to store carbon from the atmosphere. Peatland restoration has great potential in this area, and may also provide additional benefits in the form of flood risk reduction, improved water supply and reduced soil erosion.

Several speakers will present on research, regulatory frameworks and ongoing restoration work in this area - the programme is attached. There will also be discussion sessions and an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues and develop future strategies for peatland restoration.

The aim of the meeting is to inform about the current state of peatland restoration in the UK, and to also produce a position paper for circulation to key stakeholder groups.

4 BASIS CPD points have been accredited to this meeting (3 Environment, 1 Personal Development) so please ensure you have your BASIS ID number with you and make sure you complete the form on the day.

Registration costs including refreshments, lunch and parking:

Members of the British Society of Soil Science - £10

Non-members - £30

Speakers will attend for free

Please note that everyone attending the meeting will need to register in advance to enable us to accurately organise refeshments and seating requirements.

BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS MEETING

Directions to the meeting can be found at http://www.life.org.uk/visit/how-to-get-here 

For further information please contact Jenny Jones  or Matt Aitkenhead 

Event flyer: 

World Soil Day #soilchat - London pub meet-up on 5 Dec

To celebrate World Soil Day SEESOIL are hosting a London pub meet up for a #soilchat. Do come along to meet others over a drink and we’ll provide the snacks. This is an informal social event to talk about what soil means to us and how we can communicate this on World Soil Day. But essentially you can talk about anything you like! We will be upstairs in the Garden Room of The Somers Town Coffee House http://www.thesomerstowncoffeehouse.co.uk/. The pub is located between Euston and Kings Cross.


Soil stakeholders' conference - 05/12/2016 - Brussels, MCE conference centre

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Josiane Masson (DG ENVIRONMENT), I would like to provide you with the following information, paraphrased from an email from the European Soil Data Centre:

The European Commission organises a 'Soil stakeholders' conference' in Brussels on 5 December 2016. The event is a contribution of the European Commission to the World Soil Day 2016 aiming at raising awareness on the importance of soils and the ecosystem services that they deliver. It is also part of the implementation of the EU Soil Thematic Strategy.


Hello from the SSDG chair

Dear members of the Scottish Soils Discussion Group,

It's been a long time with no Discussion! Apologies for this. I thought that with the nights drawing in, it would be a good time to get you all fired up and talking about soil. I've been in discussion with Jenny Jones of the Northern Soil Network about co-hosting an event in Newcastle early next year, on the topic of peat soils. It would be good to get your thoughts on this or any other types of meetings that you would like to see happening.


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