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.

Slightly acid loamy and clayey soils with impeded drainage (8)

Texture: Loamy some clayey
Drainage: Slightly impeded drainage
Fertility: Moderate to high
Land Cover: Arable and grassland
Habitats: Wide range of pasture and woodland types
Topsoil Carbon: Low
Mostly Drains To: Stream network
Water Protection Issues: Farmed land is drained and therefore vulnerable to pollution run-off and rapid through-flow to streams; surface capping can trigger erosion of fine sediment
General Cropping Guidance: Reasonably flexible but more suited to autumn sown crops and grassland; soil conditions may limit safe groundwork and grazing, particularly in spring

Included Soil Associations
0421a    STOW
0421b    HALSTOW
0542    NERCWYS
0571b    BROMYARD
0572a    YELD
0572b    MIDDLETON
0572c    HODNET
0572d    Whimple 1
0572e    WHIMPLE 2
0572f    WHIMPLE 3
0572h    OXPASTURE
0572i    CURTISDEN
0572j    Bursledon
0572k    BIGNOR
0572l    FLINT
0572m    SALWICK
0572n    BURLINGHAM 1
0572o    BURLINGHAM 2
0572p    BURLINGHAM 3
0572q    ASHLEY
0572r    Ratsborough
0572s    Bishampton 1
0572t    BISHAMPTON 2
0573b    Wix
0582a    BATCOMBE
0582b    Hornbeam 1
0582c    HORNBEAM 2
0582d    HORNBEAM 3
0582e    TENDRING

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

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