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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2018 MSDG Annual Workshop - Soil Resource Conservation and Sustainable Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Event venue: 
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Memorial picture of MSDG 2013 workshop, chaired by the late Dr B Rawlins (front row, 2nd from left) 

The theme of this meeting is soil resource conservation and sustainable management, 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 soils and geology through a tour of the BGS geological core store, a viewing of old soil maps, a demonstration of the immersive 3D geovisonary facility and a journey through UK time along the geological walk, in the morning, followed by selected presentations showcasing latest research in soil science in the afternoon.

An invited talk by Drs Andrew Tye and Murray Lark on “The contribution of the late Dr Barry Rawlins to soil science” will be one of the afternoon talks.


10. 00 AM                    Arrival and Registration at BGS, Keyworth, Notthingham NG12 5GG

10.30 to 12.00PM        Tours of the BGS geological core store, old maps, immersive 3D-geovisonary suite and the geological walk

12.00 to 1.00PM          Lunch

1.00 to 1.30 PM           Invited Talk: Contribution of the late Dr B Rawlins to soil science

1.30 to 4.30 pm            Seminars (~15 min talks)

4.30 to 4.45 pm            AGM

  • The event is free for members
  • Non-members are asked to pay a fee of £15    

          Registration includes lunch and refreshments


Event flyer: 

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/

Forest Soils Under Global Change - Annual Workshop of the Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Event venue: 
BIFoR Research Forest Site at Nobury Junction STAFFORDSHIRE
Event description: 

Global change including increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to alter primary productivity in forested ecoystems with implications for altered carbon and nutrient cycling in soils. You are invited to join us for a day long workshop at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) site near Nobury Juction in Staffordshire.

The workshop will involve a guided tour of the first UK Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment experiment of BIFoR in the morning followed by relevant presentations in the afternoon.

Brief Schedule
Time                                                                Activity
9. 00 AM                                                          Arrival at Nobury Junction Inn, Staffordshire, ST20 0PN

9.30 to 12.30PM                                              *Tour of the BIFoR FACE experiment near Nobury Junction.

12.30 to 1.30PM                                                Lunch at Junction Inn

1.30 to 4.30 PM                                                Seminars (~15 min talks)

4.30 to 5.00 PM                                                AGM (MSDG members)

*Ankle high boots are required for the BIFoR Forest tour. Please, bring yours along!

BSSS Members may attend the meeting FREE of charge whilst Non Members will be required to pay £15 to attend. Registration will cover refreshments and lunch only.


If you haven't registered but wish to attend, please contact Dr Sami Ullah  to check whether it is still possible.


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