Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Midlands Soil Discussion Group

The Midlands Soil Discussion Group (MSDG) was first formed on the 23rd November 2011 at Nottingham university thanks to the efforts of Professor Sacha Mooney.  The group has grown from strength to strength since then.

Group Chair: Dr Sami Ullah

Group Secretary: Professor Mike Fullen

Group Treasurer: Dr Fiona Nicholson

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June 2019: An Update from Dan

I am writing this on one of those days when the skies decide to ‘spring clean’ the Earth. Strong gusts are vacuuming the dust from the country lanes that run like skirting boards around green carpets of cropland and pasture. Clouds unite to form impenetrable ceilings of lead from which millions of droplets are preparing to polish the rooftops. As I write, my train carriage window is becoming freckled with a shimmering galaxy of watery stars. Is there anything more inspiring than a clouded day?

"Soils and the Environment" - Annual Workshop of the Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Event venue: 
Allerton Project site, Loddington, LE7 9XE, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The theme of this meeting is "Soils and the Environment" which is of critical importance for protecting environmental quality, food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. 

The annual meeting of the MSDG group will examine the link between soil management, the environment and habitat quality through a tour of the ongoing sustainable soil management and conservation techniques being employed at the Allerton Project farm site. The morning tour will be followed by selected presentations showcasing the latest research in soil science.

The day will run between 9.30am and 1.45pm. The agenda can be viewed here

Attendance (including lunch and refreshments) is:

FREE for BSSS Members

£15 for Student NON-Members *  Proof of student status will be required at time of booking - please see payment page.

£20 for NON-Members 


ALL attendees must register to allow us to plan logistics and catering accurately.

Event flyer: 

Annual MSDG Workshop on May 29th, 2019 in Loddington

Dear all

The annual Midlands Soil Discussion Group's workshop is scheduled for May 29th this year and the theme of the workshop is "Soils and Environment". The workshop will be held at the Allerton Project site in Loddington (LE7 9XE) and will involve a tour of the project site in the morning session. The tour will provide briefs on the on-going work on sustainable farm soil management, followed by relevant presentations in the afternoon.

Please, circulate this email to people you may know would be interested in this event.

Welsh Soils Discussion Group Spring Meeting: Soil – the Essentials

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Event venue: 
Stapledon Suite, Gogerddan Campus, IBERS, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth, SY23 3EE, Wales
Event description: 

The Welsh Soils Discussion Group are pleased to announce their Spring Meeting: Soils - the Essentials, in Aberystwyth on Wednesday 3 April.  

Directions and a map can be found at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/maps-travel/maps/buildings/ibers-gogerddan#

The day will provide an introduction to soils and the issues around them.

The day is aimed at persons for whom (a) soil is a part of their job but not a major component or (b) people with a general interest in soil.

The aim is to provide a baseline level of knowledge and to encourage discussion.

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


10.00                 Arrival, sign in and refreshments

10.30                 Welcome and introductions from Ian Rugg (WSDG Chair)

10.40 – 11.40    What soils are by Ian Rugg (Welsh Government)  

                          Threats to soil in Wales (and interpreting headlines) by Jack Hannam (Cranfield University)

                          Opportunity for Discussion and questions

11.40 – 13.00    Soils and Farming by Paul Newell-Price (ADAS)

                          Soils and Ecology by John Scullion (Aberystwyth University)

                          Opportunity for Discussion and questions

13.00                Lunch: Please bring your own lunch - tea and coffee will be provided

13.30 - 14.30    Soils and Planning by James Cooke (Welsh Government)

                          Soil Mapping and Earth Observation – the art of the possible by Katie Medcalf (Environment Systems)

                          Opportunity for Discussion and questions

14.30 - 15.30     Open Discussions

15.30                 Close

BASIS CPD points are being sought for this meeting and will be advised shortly.


  • The event is FREE for BSSS Members
  • Non-members are requested to pay a nominal fee of £10

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