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
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.
Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter sets out a vision: That Scotland’s geodiversity is recognised as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainable development, to be managed appropriately and safeguarded for this and future generations.
The Scottish Geodiversity Forum has worked with partners to revise and update the Charter during 2017, ready for the launch of the renewed Charter at this conference with the support of more than 70 organisations.
For full detail see https://scottishgeodiversityforum.org/charter/conference/
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/
For anyone who is interested in peatlands and peat soils, the UK Peat Society is hosting the International Peatland Society Convention 2017, 28-31 May in Aberdeen, Scotland. The last time this was held in Scotland was in 1989. The focus is on the “Responsible Management of Peatlands” and one of the themes will be on peatland restoration, as well as themes on agricultural and forestry use of peatlands. Details can be found at www.peatlands2017.net
Funded PhD studentships are available in Soil Technology Innovation with Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research. I would appreciate if you could disseminate to potential candidates. Deadline is Monday 20 March.
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!
Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)
You can follow SEESOIL on twitter @sesoil for updates
Hello Northern Soil Networkers,
Don't forget that the Society is holding an ECR event at the University of Lancaster 19-21 April 2017. The deadline for abstracts is 31st January 2017 so there is still time to submit. Students do have a go. It will be a great experience. The link to the event is: http://soils.org.uk/event/1051
The programme for the Peatland Restoration has now been finalised and is presented below. We look forward to seeing you all in February.
Peatland restoration: policy and practice
Thursday 23rd February 2017
International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-on-Tyne
A joint meeting between the Northern Soils Network and the Scottish Soils Discussion Group will take place on 23rd February in Newcastle. The meeting will cover ongoing work and research in peatland restoration across the UK.
Peatland in the UK has been managed for centuries, and in many places has been drained or cut extensively. Current UK climate goals require a reduction in our national carbon emissions and finding new ways to store carbon from the atmosphere. Peatland restoration has great potential in this area, and may also provide additional benefits in the form of flood risk reduction, improved water supply and reduced soil erosion.
Several speakers will present on research, regulatory frameworks and ongoing restoration work in this area - the programme is attached. There will also be discussion sessions and an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues and develop future strategies for peatland restoration.
The aim of the meeting is to inform about the current state of peatland restoration in the UK, and to also produce a position paper for circulation to key stakeholder groups.
4 BASIS CPD points have been accredited to this meeting (3 Environment, 1 Personal Development) so please ensure you have your BASIS ID number with you and make sure you complete the form on the day.
Registration costs including refreshments, lunch and parking:
Members of the British Society of Soil Science - £10
Non-members - £30
Speakers will attend for free
Please note that everyone attending the meeting will need to register in advance to enable us to accurately organise refeshments and seating requirements.
BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS MEETING
Directions to the meeting can be found at http://www.life.org.uk/visit/how-to-get-here
To celebrate World Soil Day SEESOIL are hosting a London pub meet up for a #soilchat. Do come along to meet others over a drink and we’ll provide the snacks. This is an informal social event to talk about what soil means to us and how we can communicate this on World Soil Day. But essentially you can talk about anything you like! We will be upstairs in the Garden Room of The Somers Town Coffee House http://www.thesomerstowncoffeehouse.co.uk/. The pub is located between Euston and Kings Cross.