Welsh Soil Discussion Group

Welsh Soil Discussion Group

The Welsh Soils Discussion Group was set up to encourage discussion and interest in the study of soils in Wales. The group provides an oportunity for British Society of Soil Science members and others with an interest in soil from different institutions/ industry to meet and discuss problems and topics of common interest.

Group Chair: Ian Rugg

Group Secetary: Mrs Sarah Coe

Group Treasurer: Vacancy

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Latest posts

BSSS annual meeting on World Soil Day : The 4 per mil initiative

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.

Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday - members needed!

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/

Soils and Sustainable Development Goals - 2018 Society Conference

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Event venue: 
Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Soils are crucial for sustainable development, and healthy soils are central to achieving many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2018 Annual Conference of the British Society of Soil Science, taking place at Lancaster University  4th-5th September 2018, will provide an opportunity to focus on these issues.

Keynote speakers, including Dr Cheryl Palm from the University of Florida, will address problems such as Soils and Food Security, Climate Change and Health and Water Quality.

This conference will provide a platform to deliberate and discuss these critical topics.

Throughout the two days there will be opportunities to network with practitioners from diverse organisations, discuss how your research aligns to current SDGs, benefit from hearing differing views and opinions, determine how your research can contribute to the UK Soil SDG aims, and catch up with peers and colleagues. 

Keynote speakers:

The conference opens at 10:30am on Tuesday 4th September and closes at 2:30pm* on Wednesday 5th September. 

*Early Career Researchers please note: After the conference, there will be a special ECR Campus Challenge: a chance to make new friends, catch up with colleagues, and compete in some team games! This event is FREE to all PhD students and PostDocs and will finish by 16:00. More details will be provided in due course, but for any questions you may have now, don't hesitate to email Dan Evans on student@soils.org.uk                              

Join us for a stimulating conference and debate!

Draft programme available below



Single, en-suite accommodation is available on-campus and the Society has secured a special discounted rate of £42 per night including breakfast.

Rooms must be booked online and paid at time of booking.

Enter the dates and number of nights you require but leave the 'Area' box as 'Any Location'. In the 'Promotion Code' box type SOIL18 to receive the discounted rate

Please note that rooms are subject to availability so early booking is advised.


Event flyer: 

SEESOIL event 22 March - last chance to register!

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!

Kind regards,
Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)


You can follow SEESOIL on twitter @sesoil for updates

Welsh Soils Discussion Group Meeting 1 Feb details

Hi Everyone
We hope you have had a good Christmas and New Year. We have our next meeting on 1 February in Aberystwyth. We really hope you can make it. We have some really interesting presentations lined up (see agenda post below)!
So we know numbers to expect and also for Health and Safety reasons, please can you register by following this link: http://soils.org.uk/event/1123
CPD points are available, so please bring your Basis ID number so you can collect them.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Welsh Soils Discussion Group Winter Meeting

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Event venue: 
Stapledon Suite, Gogerddan Campus, IBERS, Penrhyncoch, Wales
Event description: 



Venue is Stapledon Suite at Gogerddan Campus, IBERS, Penrhyncoch and directions can be found at 



10:00    Arrivals and coffee

10:30    Welcome and introduction (Ian Rugg)

  • Society update (Ian Rugg, Welsh Government)
  • Soil Policy update (James Skates, Welsh Government)
  • Student update (Paul Bryn Llewellyn George - Bangor University)

10:45    Speaker sessions

  • Speaker 1: Episodic climate events and effects on land quality - the Scottish Experience: Dr Iain Brown, York University
  • Speaker 2: A new agricultural land potential model for Wales: developing the ALC system:  James Cooke, Welsh Government
  • Speaker 3: Potential use of a national soil map, detailed field sheets and other unpublished soil mapping data: Dr Jack Hannam, Cranfield University

12:45    Lunch (not provided)

13:30    Speaker sessions

  • Speaker 4: Are Scotland's soils physically degrading? Dr Allan Lilly, James Hutton Institute
  • Speaker 5: Soil eDNA and its use in Glastir monitoring: Professor Davy Jones, Bangor University

14:30   Discussion session

  • Carbon Storage and Dynamics (see share paper for discussion):  Professor Bill Adams (ex Aberystwyth University)

​15:30   CLOSE

Costs:  Members are free  -  Non-members - £10

A total of 4 BASIS CPD points are available for attending this meeting (3 for Environment, 1 for Personal Development).

Groups audience: 

World Soil Day #soilchat - London pub meet-up on 5 Dec

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.

The future of Wales’ environment: protecting natural capital, improving air quality and tackling climate change

Event date: 
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Event venue: 
Central Cardiff, Wales
Event description: 

Delegates at this seminar will discuss key environmental policy issues for Wales - including the sustainable management of natural capital, protecting the environment in Wales, and our contribution to tackling climate change.

The conference is timed for discussion of the forthcoming first State of Natural Resources Report (SoNRR) from Natural Resources Wales and as policymakers develop the statutory National Natural Resources Policy, due to be published in Spring 2017.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Supporting the sustainable managment of Wales’ natural capital - including supporting biodiversity, marine conservation and land use;
  • Challenges and opportunities for reducing airborne pollution and improving air quality across Wales;
  • The role of Wales in international co-operation to tackle climate change; and
  • Options for proactively adapting to a changing climate and the challenges this presents. 

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from: Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change.

Further confirmed speakers include: Stephen James, President, NFU Cymru and Rachel Sharp, Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Trusts Wales.

The draft agenda can be found here

Bookings can be made here

Groups audience: