Scottish Soil Discussion Group

Scottish Soil Discussion Group

The Scottish Soils Discussion Group was recently re-formed, and is intended to encourage interest and discussion, and to foster ideas and debate in relation to Scottish soils. We aim to provide a forum for people from science, industry and other interest groups to share ideas and discuss problems.  Our activities include the organisation of events and aiding the flow of soil-related information between and within BSSS and other groups.

Group Chair: Dr Sarah Buckingham (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Secretary: Dr Jennifer Carfrae (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Treasurer: Dr Nikki Baggerly

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Latest posts

June 2019: An Update from Dan

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?


Agricultural Land Classification Course 2019

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 to Thursday, November 21, 2019
Event venue: 
Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EH, United Kingdom
Event description: 

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)

REGISTRATION 

Please read our Event Cancellation Policy carefully - see below.


VOCs in soil: investigation to remediation - 18th February 2019 Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

With a new British Standard ‘Taking soil samples for determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — Specification’ scheduled for publication in 2019, BSSS and IES have decided to organise an informal half day event to discuss VOCs in soil in the context of contaminated land investigation and remediation.

The event will be free to members of both societies with industry and regulator speakers giving their perspectives on the topic and providing a platform for discussion and networking.


ECR 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 on 16th-17th April 2019. Registration is now open! The deadline to register is 27th January 2019.


Managing Soil Organic Carbon in Scottish Soils

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Event venue: 
SRUC, Kings Buildings, Lecture Theatre B, W Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The Scottish Soils Discussion Group will be hosting a meeting in Edinburgh to promote and discuss the range of data and knowledge available on soil organic carbon (SOC) in Scottish soils, highlighting effective management options for SOC conservation and potential for C sequestration. How much C do we have in Scottish soils?  Can we sequester more C in Scottish soils?

The objectives of this meeting are:

  • To showcase current knowledge of SOC stocks in Scottish soils including SOC measurements across land uses, modelling and mapping.
  • To discuss the capacity for increased C sequestration as a means of GHG mitigation as highlighted by the ‘4per1000’ initiative and evidence available on potential C saturation.
  • To review practical guidance for SOC management and conservation across land uses.
  • To provide a forum for people in different organisations to discuss ongoing and future activities, to highlight potential gaps in knowledge and to develop ideas for future collaboration and research.

Speakers Include:

Allan Lilly (James Hutton Institute), Ute Skiba (CEH), Joanna Cloy (SRUC), Amanda Thomson (CEH), Rita Razauskaite (University of Aberdeen), Paul Hargreaves (SRUC).

  • BSSS MEMBERS - FREE

  • NON MEMBERS -  £10.00

  • Lunch and refreshments are included

THIS MEETING IS NOW FULL AND BOOKINGS ARE CLOSED.  

 

Event flyer: 

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.


VOCs in soil: investigation to remediation

Event date: 
Monday, February 18, 2019
Event venue: 
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland
Event description: 

In collaboration with The institution of environmental sciences (IES), we are hosting an afternoon discussion meeting (1.30 to 4.30pm) on the 18th February at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

With a new British Standard ‘Taking soil samples for determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — Specification’ scheduled for publication in 2019, BSSS and IES have decided to organise an informal half day event to discuss VOCs in soil in the context of contaminated land investigation and remediation.

The event will be free to members of both societies with industry and regulator speakers giving their perspectives on the topic and providing a platform for discussion and networking.

The draft programme is available here

The event is aimed at the broadest membership so student members interested in a career in the industry as well as established practitioners and researchers are all welcome.

REGISTRATION CLOSED


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