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.

Fen peat soils (27)

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

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