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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Welsh Soils Discussion Group Winter Meeting

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Event venue: 
Stapledon Suite, Gogerddan Campus, IBERS, Penrhyncoch, Wales
Event description: 



Venue is Stapledon Suite at Gogerddan Campus, IBERS, Penrhyncoch and directions can be found at 



10:00    Arrivals and coffee

10:30    Welcome and introduction (Ian Rugg)

  • Society update (Ian Rugg, Welsh Government)
  • Soil Policy update (James Skates, Welsh Government)
  • Student update (Paul Bryn Llewellyn George - Bangor University)

10:45    Speaker sessions

  • Speaker 1: Episodic climate events and effects on land quality - the Scottish Experience: Dr Iain Brown, York University
  • Speaker 2: A new agricultural land potential model for Wales: developing the ALC system:  James Cooke, Welsh Government
  • Speaker 3: Potential use of a national soil map, detailed field sheets and other unpublished soil mapping data: Dr Jack Hannam, Cranfield University

12:45    Lunch (not provided)

13:30    Speaker sessions

  • Speaker 4: Are Scotland's soils physically degrading? Dr Allan Lilly, James Hutton Institute
  • Speaker 5: Soil eDNA and its use in Glastir monitoring: Professor Davy Jones, Bangor University

14:30   Discussion session

  • Carbon Storage and Dynamics (see share paper for discussion):  Professor Bill Adams (ex Aberystwyth University)

​15:30   CLOSE

Costs:  Members are free  -  Non-members - £10

A total of 4 BASIS CPD points are available for attending this meeting (3 for Environment, 1 for Personal Development).

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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.

The future of Wales’ environment: protecting natural capital, improving air quality and tackling climate change

Event date: 
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Event venue: 
Central Cardiff, Wales
Event description: 

Delegates at this seminar will discuss key environmental policy issues for Wales - including the sustainable management of natural capital, protecting the environment in Wales, and our contribution to tackling climate change.

The conference is timed for discussion of the forthcoming first State of Natural Resources Report (SoNRR) from Natural Resources Wales and as policymakers develop the statutory National Natural Resources Policy, due to be published in Spring 2017.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Supporting the sustainable managment of Wales’ natural capital - including supporting biodiversity, marine conservation and land use;
  • Challenges and opportunities for reducing airborne pollution and improving air quality across Wales;
  • The role of Wales in international co-operation to tackle climate change; and
  • Options for proactively adapting to a changing climate and the challenges this presents. 

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from: Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change.

Further confirmed speakers include: Stephen James, President, NFU Cymru and Rachel Sharp, Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Trusts Wales.

The draft agenda can be found here

Bookings can be made here

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Welsh Soils Discussion Group Update

Hi Everyone
I just wanted to update you for the meeting agenda next week. We now have a new speaker, as Martin Lukac is sadly unable to join us. I would like to thank Antonio Rodriguez for filling in at such short notice. His presentation is called: ‘Simulating extreme flood events in grasslands. Cycle of nutrients and microbial community structure’.
I look forward to seeing you next week and please don’t forget to register following this link: http://soils.org.uk/event/839

UK PlantSci 2016

Event date: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 to Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Event venue: 
John Innes Centre, Norwich
Event description: 

UK PlantSci is the annual conference of the UK Plant Sciences Federation, established to showcase the wealth of plant sciences in the UK.

This meeting provides a unique forum for all those interested in the plant sciences to come together and share their knowledge and expertise. Delegates will have the opportunity to interact with stakeholders, industry and different research communities.

Session topics include:

  • Heterosis and epigenetics
  • Abiotic stress
  • Ecosystem resilience
  • The plant microbiome
  • The molecular basis of signal transduction in plants
  • Plant signalling
  • Future generations


Keynote speakers:

Giles Oldroyd, John Innes Centre, will give the opening keynote presentation

Philip Poole, University of Oxford will present a keynote lecture on The plant microbiome and the importance of the Rhizosphere to plant growth and resilience.


For more details or to register, visit http://www.plantsci2016.org.uk/




Event date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016 to Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Event venue: 
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Event description: 

Contaminated sites have become one of the largest global problems of the present time. This has also placed them high on the agenda of the European Union.

This conference aims to provide space for discussion, knowledge exchange among experts from government/non-government organizations, public and private sector, praxis, science and academic sector.

The main topics of the conference are legislation strategies, policies, research methodologies, risks analysis, remediation methods and technologies, as well as awareness in contaminated sites management.

The programme is available at: http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/57


There is no registration fee for pre-registered participants: Coffee breaks, lunches, Gala dinner, congress kit, scientific programme and conference proceedings are included free of charge.

Please register in advance at http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/56    Note: Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by organisers.


The call for papers is now open - the deadline for abstracts is 15 April:  http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/53


Welsh Soils Discussion Group - 2016 Spring Meeting

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Event venue: 
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Please come and join us for our next group meeting and discussions.  With BASIS CPD points available, the final agenda for the meeting is as follows:


1000   Arrivals and coffee

1030   Welcome and Introduction (Ian Rugg)

* Work of the BSSS and Working with Soils Training Programme (Sarah Coe NRW)

* EU and UK / Welsh soils policy update (Ian Rugg WG)

* DEFRA & other R&D updates (Ian Rugg WG)

*  University / Student update (John Scullion - Aberystwyth University / Richard Hill - Aberystwyth University)

1100 Speaker sessions

* Speaker 1 Dr Fiona Fraser (Cranfield University) : Probing the basis of soil resilience

An update on Corstanje et al 2014 paper on soil resilience. A discussion on the importance of taxonomic class, parent material and soil texture in resilience, as well as the need for a systems approach to soil management.

* Speaker 2 Richard Hartnup (ex. Soil Survey of England and Wales): Using the National Soil map - how it was made and what it tells us.

Background to how the National Soil Map was made, how it should and shouldn’t be used and what Soil Associations actually tell us.

1200 Lunch  (not provided)

1300 Speaker sessions

Speaker 3 Antonio Rodriguez (Bangor University): Simulating extreme flood events in grasslands. Cycle of nutrients and microbial community structure. 

* Speaker 4 Dr Joanna Niziolomski (Cranfield University): The Welsh Soils Evidence Review

Key findings of the recently completed Welsh Government Soils Evidence Review. This is a synthesis of key soils research affecting Wales, identifying

evidence on state and condition of Welsh soils to help inform future R&D and policy.

1415 Discussion session

What do people want from the group, topics for meetings, website, suggested speakers, venues, strengthening links between soil, ecology and agriculture.

1500 Close

BASIS CPD points are available for attending this meeting so please ensure you have your Basis ID number with you on the day. 4 CPD points have been accredited -  3Environment, 1Personal Development.

The meeting is free for members and £10 for non-members. 

Booking is now closed for this event.

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