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Soils Site Reporter

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What is the Soils Site Reporter?

The Soils Site Reporter is an easy-to-use, online soil reporting tool which produces site-specific soils information with maps and soil descriptions. As the national authority on the sustainable management of soil resources for England and Wales,CSAI holds a vast collection of soils information, now available in a matter of minutes with the input of a grid reference or Postcode.

Each report, downloadable in pdf format, provides detailed information on the expected soil conditions at the site and outlines interpretations of the suitability for different uses. A variety of environmental issues such as the potential of damaging ground movement or pipe corrosion and the ease with which chemicals can leach into groundwater or run off into rivers are also included.

Those undertaking an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) are required by EU law (85/337/EEC & 2001/42/EC) to identify, describe and assess the direct and indirect effects of a proposed project scheme on the soil environment (the ground) and its functions and composition, as well as and closely-related environmental themes (e.g. groundwater, flora, fauna, landscape).

The Cranfield Soils Site Reporter provides an ideal preliminary reference source for these assessments as it identifies and describes the soils present around a site, and highlights potential issues which should be considered as part of these integrated assessments.

The report describes the interaction between soil and habitats, water movement, and the impact of soil on material assets and cultural heritage in the form of damaging ground movement and conditions. A description of the interaction between these factors is also required by EU legislation.

The inclusion of a Soils Site Report in an EIA or SEA will quickly enable you to understand and communicate the key issues surrounding the soil “land bank” relating to your project, as well as to provide pertinent information on a range of other issues including flood extent vulnerability, geo-hazards and background levels of soil contaminants.

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Sample Soils Site Reports

What does the Soils Site Report contain?

The different report types and content

Each report contains a range of maps, graphs and schematic diagrams to help describe the soils and their properties at and around the specified point. There are currently three types of report available. The contents of these different reports and their prices are outlined below:

 

1. SOILS - SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION

 

  a. Soil Association Distribution

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


  b. Hydrology of Soil Type (HOST)

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


  c. Ground Movement Potential

 

 

Yes included


  d. Flood Vulnerability

 

 

Yes included


  e. Risk of Corrosion to Ferrous Iron

 

 

Yes included


  f. Pesticide Leaching Risk

Yes included

 

Yes included


  g. Pesticide Runoff Risk

Yes included

 

Yes included


  h. Hydrogeological Rock Type

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


  i. Ground Water Protection Policy (GWPP) Leaching

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


  j. Soil Parent Material

 

Yes included

Yes included


  k. Expected Crops and Land Use

 

 

Yes included


  l. Natural Soil Fertility

 

Yes included

Yes included


  m. Simple Topsoil Texture

 

Yes included

Yes included


  n. Typical Habitats

 

Yes included

Yes included


2. SOIL ASSOCIATION DESCRIPTIONS

 

  a. General Description

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


  b. Distribution Map (England & Wales)

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


  c. Comprising Soil Series

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


  d. Component Series Profiles Diagrams

Yes included

Yes included

Yes included


3. SOIL SERIES PROPERTIES

 

  a. Soil Depth Information and Depths to Important Layers

Yes included

 

Yes included


  b. Soil Hydrological Information

Yes included

 

Yes included


  c. Available Water Content

Yes included

 

Yes included


4. TOPSOIL ELEMENT BACKGROUND LEVELS

 

 

  a. Analysis within a 15 km Radius

 

 

Yes included


  b. Analysis within a 50 km Radius

 

 

Yes included


  c. National Analysis

 

 

Yes included


 

Prices (exclusive of VAT)
By report area coverage

 

1 km x 1 km (1 km2)

£40

£6†

£65


2 km x 2 km (4 km2)

£43

£12†

£70


3 km x 3 km (9 km2)

£46

£18†

£74


4 km x 4 km (16 km2)

£49

£24†

£80


5 km x 5 km (25 km2)

£52

£30†

£85

 

† We are pleased to offer the report FREE to authorised undergraduate students (BSc, NVQ etc.) and their course teachers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do costs vary depending on user type?

Yes, costs vary according to your requirements.

  • The Environmental Soils Site Reports are provided free of charge for authorised members of Crown Government Departments. Unfortunately this currently excludes Local Councils and Executive Agencies.
  • Some companies and organisations have licences arranged providing free access to these reports for their staff. If this would be of interest to your company, please contact us at nsridata@cranfield.ac.uk for more information.
  • Other users may access this service for a fee payable per report. Registration is free and there are no annual charges or additional costs.

Who is the Site Reporter aimed at?

Although of a technical nature, these reports are aimed to be of interest to a wide range of people: environmental consultants, planning officers, geotechnical engineers, interested home owners, agronomists and habitat scientists to name but a few.

How do I access the Site Reporter?

Here is how to access the Site Reporter service:

  • First, log on to our secure website https://www.landis.org.uk/sitereporter;
  • If you do not already have an account, this can be created easily following the instructions there;
  • Input your site, referenced by Postcode, map grid reference or by browsing the map to select the point;
  • Next, select the type of report and size of your area (1Km x 1Km up to 5Km x 5Km);
  • Checkout; the report will be emailed to you shortly thereafter.

I am an Undergraduate student / Undergraduate lecturer - how do I access the Soil Site Report for free?

Part of our mission is to encourage soils education and awareness in Universities and Colleges, we have therefore made Soil Site Reports free of charge for all UK Undergraduate students (e.g. BSc, NVQ etc.) and their course teachers. To sign up for this, when you go to the Soils Site Reporter homepage, select 'Create new customer account', and then choose from the academic options depending on whether you are a student or a lecturer. To speed up the authorisation process, don't forget to use your College email address as your main contact point. Your email 'domain' is checked against the permissible instututions. If you have any problems, please contact us directly.

How do I pay for a Soils Site Report?

We have built the Soils Site Reporter with an integrated secure online payment facility, using Worldpay. This allows for swift and convenient access to the Reporter, with secure and confidential payments. No financial details (e.g. credit card details) are held by Cranfield University.

If you do not have a credit card, or do not wish to use your credit card to purchase a Soils Site Report, you can also send us a Purchase Order which specifies clearly the type and location of report you require. We will then generate the report for you and send you an invoice. Please note that due to the administrative overhead associated with Purchase Orders, we will exact an additional £15 surcharge in these cases. Reports ordered by Purchase Order may also be subject to a delay of up to 15 working days. Reports ordered and paid for online are delivered typically within five minutes.

What security measures are there for online payments

Our financial transactions are handled by WorldPay, so you can be confident of your details being secure. No financial details (e.g. credit card details) are held by Cranfield University. Our website is built using an encrypted SSL (secure sockets layer) - look for the 'https' in the URL.

Do I need the Flash browser-plugin?

Our website application does require the freely-available Adobe Flash plugin to be installed on your machine. Not having the Flash plugin installed is a common reason for problems you may encounter running the application. The Flash browser plugin is free; note you may require administrative privileges to install it on your PC.

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As a University Undergraduate teacher, how can I inform my undergraduate students about the Soil Site Reporter?

We recommend circulating this informative poster, or placing a copy on an appropriate notice board. Many thanks. Don't forget - there is no charge for your students or your teaching activities!

Not answered your query?

If your query related to the Soils Site Reporter, you may also like to view the main Frequently Asked Questions.

If your query relates more to soil science and soils in general, do also have a look at http://www.soil-net.com. Soil-Net is our freely-available, educational resource for school students and teachers. Some of the other websites on our links page may also be of interest.

Do contact us with any other queries.

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Further information

Contact details

The Soils Site Reporter is used widely by a broad range of parties

For further details concerning the Soils Site Reporter, please contact us:

Caroline Keay
Senior Environmental Information System Specialist
Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute (CSAFI)
Cranfield University
Vincent Building
Cranfield campus
Cranfield
MK43 0AL
Tel: (01234) 752992
Fax: (01234) 752970
nsridata@cranfield.ac.uk
Personal web page
CSAFI Institute

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