The Northern Soils Network (NSN) originally comprised two Northern Regional Soil Discussion Groups (East and West) but combined forces in recent years to improve the group offering.
Group Chair: Dr Manoj Menon
Deputy Chair: Dr Eleanor Reed
Don't forget to register for the NSN Event: Soil Resources Evening Seminar taking place in Newcastle on World Soil Day - 5th December.
This seminar will be for those working in the planning and construction sectors: design and site managers, earthworks contractors, landscape professionals, and civil engineers, but also to all who are interested in what consulting soil scientists do, and soils in the built environment.
The deadline is fast approaching to send in items for the BSSS Time Capsule!
The society has received an invitation to attend The National FWAG Association "Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group Silver Lapwing Award 2019" which is being held on Monday 17th June at Castletown Estate Farm, Rockliffe, Carlisle CA6 4BN
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?
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
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS MEETING
ALL attendees must register to allow us to plan logistics and catering accurately.
Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) has a formal role in the planning system in England and Wales and is designed to prevent the loss of our best and most versatile land in line with the principles of sustainable development.
This training course, designed and presented by agricultural land classification (ALC) experts from Natural England and the Welsh Government, offers a unique opportunity to learn about the background and technical basis of the current ALC guidelines.
By the end of the two day course you will learn:
- about how the ALC system has developed over time, its underlying principles and its role within the planning system - the WHAT, WHY and WHEN of ALC
- all the details of how land is graded - the HOW of ALC
- what a report should contain in order to be verified by the Natural England and Welsh Government statutory consultees on planning applications involving soils and agriculture
- how to present ALC results as an expert witness
As well as taught sessions, you will carry out a group ALC grading desk exercise to apply what you have learned.
The course is designed for:
- soil scientists who wish to extend their experience to (or refresh an existing awareness of) Agricultural Land Classification,
- those commissioning ALC surveys from specialists, and
- planners reviewing ALC reports.
Completion of the course is not a certificate of competence to undertake ALC surveys. Competence in undertaking ALC surveys, as described in Working with Soil Document 2 (below), will require subsequent relevant survey experience.
For non soil specialists, prior or subsequent attendance on Working with Soil course ‘Exposing and Describing a Soil Profile’ or an equivalent course, is strongly recommended to enable you to get the most out of this course.
The two-day ALC course will take place at The Arden Hotel in Solihull, close to the NEC. Please note overnight accommodation is not included.
This course qualifies for CPD points for professional practice schemes. BASIS CPD has been awarded at a total of 10 points (6 Environment + 4 Personal Development)
Please read our Event Cancellation Policy carefully - see below.
The deadline to register and submit your abstract for the BSSS ECR Conference is this Sunday 27th January (23:59).
This conference (16-17th April at The Edge, Sheffield University) is fully-funded for all of our BSSS ECR Members and covers registration, accommodation, workshops, seminars and catering.
This is the last week to register for the BSSS ECR conference 2019 which will be held in Sheffield! It is fully funded for BSSS ECR members.
Please spread the word so we can get as many ECR members there as possible.