Working with Soil - Understanding Soil Variability at Landscape to Local Scale

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 to Thursday, May 11, 2017
Event venue: 
Plumpton College, Sussex, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Soil variability impacts on the effective management of soil systems. Understanding and recognising these changes in the field is a key skill required to ensure the sustainable use of soil through targeted management practices or to evaluate the potential of soils for different functions and uses.

This two day field-based training course is designed for those involved in soil investigation, zoning and mapping in the following sectors:

  • agronomy
  • environmental consultancy
  • agricultural land classification
  • habitat management
  • landscape architecture
  • land valuation
  • estate management
  • archaeology
  • forestry.

It is also beneficial for research scientists working on field sites where soil conditions and processes are important.

Outline course content

The two day course will be held at Plumpton College in Sussex and will make use of the College farm that covers a range of soils across two contrasting landscape zones. The course will involve a significant amount of fieldwork with directed learning in the field and classroom.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course attendees will:

  • understand the factors that influence the variability of soils across a landscape and at local scale
  • appreciate the key soil properties that vary at field and landscape scales
  • understand the pros and cons of different survey strategies
  • be able to conduct a targeted soil survey or field investigation to characterise the pattern of soils across an area of land. 


Please read our booking Terms & Conditions carefully - see below.

IMPORTANT: Whilst there are no formal prerequisites for this course you should be familiar with soil profile description (e.g. recognising different soil horizons) and key soil properties (e.g. texture, colour).  

If you are not experienced in the examination and description of soil profiles, you would benefit from attending the one day Working with Soil Course on Exposing and describing a Soil Profile before attending this course. This is run twice a year and future course dates will be listed on Working With Soil