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Fen peat soils (27)

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Texture: Peaty
Drainage: Naturally wet
Fertility: Mixed, very low to lime-rich
Land Cover: Arable and horticulture
Habitats: Wet fen and carr woodlands
Topsoil Carbon: Medium/High
Mostly Drains To: Local groundwater
Water Protection Issues: Cultivated soils are drained. Shallow groundwater and marginal ditches to most fields mean that the water resource is vulnerable to pollution from nutrients applied to the land. Drainage of peat containing sulphides will release extremely acid drainage water
General Cropping Guidance: Once drained, soils are suitable for arable and horticultural cropping but cultivation leads to gradual loss of the peat through wind erosion and oxidation. Where sulphide is present, extremely acid subsoil prevents rooting and leads to an irrigation requirement.

Included Soil Associations

0372    Willingham
1022a    ALTCAR 1
1022b    ALTCAR 2
1024a    ADVENTURERS' 1
1024b    ADVENTURERS' 2
1024c    ADVENTURERS' 3
1025    Mendham
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