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 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.

NSN reception

You will have seen my post from earlier this week re the reception for NSN members at the Annual Conference next month. Thank you to those who have told me that you will be coming to the reception. It would help us enormously if those who have not yet responded could do so by Monday 27th August. We need to know numbers so that we can have a suitable venue. Please contact me on

BSSS Annual conference

Hello NSN members, we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Conference in Lancaster next month. We will be holding a tea/coffee reception specifically for NSN members at 10:15 am on 4th September. This will be a great opportunity for us to meet each other. It would be a great help for the catering if you could let me know that you will be attending the reception. Please email me on See you there!