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
Dear soil scientists
I’m sure you have noticed we are currently experiencing very odd summer in the UK with soil getting extremely dry.
I’m very interested how severe is the drought across the UK soils so I’m calling all soil scientists for help in getting soil samples to me to measure soil moisture and soil water repellency.
“See you tomorrow,” creaks the laboratory door. The day’s work is complete. Those two great shepherds – fatigue and hunger – slowly steer my colleagues and I away from the department and into the warmth of a summer’s evening.
Soils are crucial for sustainable development and healthy soils are central to achieving many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
With keynote speakers, including Dr Cheryl Palm from the University of Florida, addressing issues such as Soils and Food Security, Climate Change and Health and Water Quality, the British Society of Soil Science 2018 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to deliberate and discuss these critical topics.
Bore da pawb,
Just a quick reminder of the annual meeting upcoming in Lancaster, from 4-5 September. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, you should do so by 10 June using the following link (https://submissions.atanto.com/start?eventId=45).
All the best for the summer!
“Shoulders of upland brown laid dark to the sunset’s bosom, | Living amber of wheat, and copper of new-ploughed loam, | Downs where the white sheep wander, little gardens in blossom, | Roads that wind through the twilight up to the lights of home.” [E. Nesbit, Out of the fulness of the heart].
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...
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 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.
- 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.
BOOKING FOR THIS MEETING IS NOW CLOSED
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.