ENGAGING WITH ALL – Soils through the National Nature Reserves

Event date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Event venue: 
Cotswold Beechwoods and Commons National Nature Reserve,The Old Ebworth Centre, Stroud, GL6 7ES, United Kingdom
Event description: 

South West Soils Discussion Group - Spring Meeting Thursday 28th March 2019

Ahead of the World Congress of Soil Science in 2022 the British Society of Soil Science is keen to increase awareness of soils and engage with the general public. 

National Nature Reserves (NNRs) were established to protect some of our most important habitats, species and geology, and to provide ‘outdoor laboratories’ for research. There are currently 224 NNRs in England with a total area of over 94,400 hectares - approximately 0.7% of the country’s land surface. Natural England manages about two thirds of England’s NNRs.

Most NNRs offer great opportunities to schools, specialist interest groups and the public to experience wildlife at first hand and to learn more about nature conservation.  There is an opportunity for the Society to work with NNRs to offer a variety of soil experiences tailored to each NNR to raise awareness of soils, their functions importance and story in the landscape.  This meeting will build on discussions held at the 2012 SWESDG Soils, Geodiversity and Soils Educational Networks meeting.  It will consider existing soil experiences, issues faced and discuss innovative opportunities using the NNR estate.

4 BASIS CPD points have been awarded: 3 - Environment, 1 Personal Development


10.00  Welcome and coffee

10.15 Introduction (Gill Shaw, Natural England)

10.30 NNRs – what they are and how they are used (Ben Le Bas, Natural England)

11.00 Drivers for public engagement: World Congress of Soil Science (Ian Rugg, Welsh Government)

11.20 Hands on public engagement: examples from Open Farm Sunday (Tegan Darch, Rothamsted Research)

11.40 Soils around Haytor and Yarner - a self-guided trail (Rob Parkinson)

12.00 Soil exposures: why bother? (Tim Harrod)

12.20 Group discussion

12.40 Lunch

1.30 Field visit briefing by Kate Gamez, NNR Reserve Manager followed by visit to contrasting sites on the Reserve *

* Please bring suitable protective clothing and footwear for the afternoon

3.30 Back for final discussion

4.00pm Close

Cost - includes lunch and refreshments:

£10  -  BSSS Members

£15  - Student NON-Members - proof of current student status will be required

£30  - NON-Members

All attendees must register in advance as we need to have accurate numbers for catering and seating.