Working with Soil - Exposing and Describing a Soil Profile

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Event venue: 
Shuttleworth College, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 9DX, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The ability to expose a representative soil profile and to describe it accurately and consistently are skills that are fundamental to the study of soil in the field. This practical one day course at Shuttleworth College is the first of our foundation skills courses and teaches you how to:

  • Safely expose a soil profile either by digging a pit or by using a soil auger
  • Consistently describe a site and a full soil profile using a recognised system of description (including hand texturing, soil colour, structure, consistency, porosity, stone content, free lime and roots/fauna) present
  • Interpret soil layers (broad horizon nomenclature), features and materials in terms of soil forming processes and the soil environment

The course is part laboratory and part field based. Working in a small group, you will dig your own pits, be taught each aspect of soil description back in the laboratory and then describe horizons back from your own pit.

Want to find out more about the course? Watch this short video here to see what happens during the training day

You receive a training pack that includes an illustrated course manual with detailed instructions on all aspects of site and soil exposure and description, soil description forms for future use and a hand lens. 

The course also qualifies for CPD points for various professional practice schemes - full details to be added shortly.

Registration fee:   Includes lunch, refreshments and all course materials

  • £115 - Early Career Members  
  • £160 - Other Members             
  • £205 - Affiliate Organisations  
  • £245 - Non Members              

The course is currenty scheduled to begin at 09:15am (registration and refreshments will be available from 08:45am) and the day is expected to close at 5:00pm

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