Northern Soil Network

Northern Soil Network

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

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Dimensions of Natural Flood Management

Hello everyone attending the above meeting,

I have received the following message from Newton Rigg:
"All delegates will need to sign our visitor register on arrival at the Eden Rivers Trust building in the morning for fire regulations."

Please allow time for this. Safe journeys everyone. The weather forecast is not sounding too brilliant, but soil scientists are resilient, aren't we?!!

Dimensions of Natural Flood Management

We are looking forward to seeing all attendees at the above meeting on Wednesday 28th November.
It would be much appreciated if you would please park in the main conference centre car park which is just to the south of the Fellside conference centre. It's then a two minute walk to the Eden River Trust offices. You can see the site map on the events page of this website.

Please don’t forget to bring packed lunches. Tea and coffee will be provided at lunch.

Warm, waterproof clothing is essential for the afternoon outdoor session of this event.

Early Careers Researcher Conference 2019

We are delighted to invite all BSSS Early Career Members to the 2019 ECR Conference which will be held at The Edge, University of Sheffield. Whether you’ve just started your PhD or Post-Doc or whether you are near to their completion, the BSSS ECR Conference will be an excellent opportunity to present your research, develop your networks and think ahead about careers and job opportunities.

Dimensions of Natural Flood Risk Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Event venue: 
Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH, United Kingdom
Event description: 

This meeting will provide an overview of current thought and practice related to soils and Natural Flood Risk Management (NFM)

Climate change projections indicate that flood risk is likely to increase for many catchments in the UK.  Soil properties, including texture, structure and compaction, together with land-use practices can influence catchment responses to heavy rainfall. 

This exciting meeting brings together key researchers in this field with particular emphasis on the Eden Valley, Cumbria. 

A morning of oral presentations will be followed by demonstrations of equipment/methods in use in the Eden catchment, Cumbria.


10:00-10:30             Registration and Welcome.  Tea/coffee provided (Dunmail, Newton Rigg College)

10:30-11:00             Effect of soil aeration on surface permeability and streamflow response - Dr Nick Chappell & Mr Ethan Wallace (Lancaster University)

11:00-11:30             Soil management for flood control in arable systems - Professor John Quinton (Lancaster University)

11:30-11:50             Storm Desmond:  Nutrient and sediment export and what does this mean for the future? - Professor Phil Haygarth (Lancaster University)

11:50-12:20             Landscape scale mitigation of diffuse pollution: Where to act? - Dr Sim Reaney (Durham University)

12:20-12:50             Lunch:- Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee will be provided.

13:00-15:00             Field demonstration: equipment and techniques - Andy Dyer, Eden Rivers Trust, Newton Rigg College (please ensure you bring suitable clothing and footwear)

15:00                       Depart


  • Members are £5
  • Non-members are £15  

Registration includes refreshments but does not include lunch. Please bring a packed lunch with you. 

Please note that everyone attending the meeting will need to register in advance to enable us to accurately organise seating and refreshments.

Groups audience: 

What's been happening?

I am currently writing my report on the activities of the Northern Soils Network for the next edition of 'The Auger'. What have you all been doing? Do you have anything exciting to report that we can share with our members? Meetings? Grants? Achievements? Do share it with us. You can send your comments to me via I look forward to hearing from you.

We have an ECR rep!

The Annual Conference at Lancaster University was excellent. Many folk spoke of how they had enjoyed the quality and diversity of the presentations. The poster presentations were also of high quality and it was great to hear such a buzz during the coffee and lunch breaks. Dan Evans as national ECR rep was busy over the two days listening to people's views and ideas for the future of the Society.