Soil Site Reporter


Soilscapes are an easy-to-understand classification of soils used to describe the soils of England and Wales only (a separate classification being applied in Scotland and Northern Ireland). Soilscapes conveys a summary of the broad regional differences in the soil landscapes of England and Wales. Soilscapes is not intended as a means for supporting detailed assessments, such as land planning applications or site investigations; nor should it be used to support commercial activities. For such applications, a parallel service Soils Site Reporter provides comprehensive reporting for specific locations. More detailed soil datasets are also available for lease from CEC.

Naturally wet very acid sandy and loamy soils (15)

Texture: Sandy and loamy
Drainage: Naturally wet
Fertility: Very low
Land Cover: Arable and horticulture some wet lowland heath
Habitats: Mixed dry and wet lowland heath communities
Topsoil Carbon: Medium
Mostly Drains To: Shallow groundwater
Water Protection Issues: Where cropped, vulnerable to leaching of nitrate and pesticides to groundwater; cropped land is generally flat; vulnerable to wind erosion during dry weather
General Cropping Guidance: Highly productive, where not stony, and suitable for cereals, roots, potatoes and vegetables but droughty and dependent on irrigation; lime and fertilisers are rapidly leached. Winter harvesting of roots will damage weak soil structure and lead to compaction

Included Soil Associations
0641a    SOLLOM 1
0641b    Sollom 2
0641c    HOLME MOOR
0643a    Holidays Hill
0643b    Poundgate
0643c    Bolderwood
0643d    Felthorpe
0821b    BLACKWOOD

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Cranfield University 2024. The Soils Guide. Available: Cranfield University, UK. Last accessed 16/07/2024

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