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.

Very acid loamy upland soils with a wet peaty surface (16)

Texture: Peaty
Drainage: Surface wetness
Fertility: Very low
Land Cover: Moorland rough grazing forestry and grassland
Habitats: Grass moor and heather moor with flush and bog communities in wetter parts
Topsoil Carbon: High
Mostly Drains To: Local stream network
Water Protection Issues: Gripping or over grazing, particularly in winter, can lead to accelerated erosion. Out-wintering and stock feeding practices need care if loss of vegetation and erosion are not to result
General Cropping Guidance: Some soils are capable of improvement to grassland but most only support rough grazing of low or moderate grazing value

Included Soil Associations
0311d    WETTON 2
0541o    MALHAM 1
0651a    BELMONT
0651b    HEXWORTHY
0651c    EARLE
0652    MAW
0654a    HAFREN
0654b    LYDCOTT
0654c    Gelligaer
0871b    HENSE

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

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