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Posted by mandabrookman
Posted on 05/05/2015 11:02 am
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Does any know if we have a central bank of publically accessible data on the state of our soil in CIOS? Soil Association has a target of 25% increase in organic matter in soil; is there any movement on taking this up, perhaps via the Soils for Profit programme as was? Given the cost of artificial inputs into increasingly impoverished soils, and the increasing probs of water pollution put firmly on the shoulders of the EA via the BWD and WFD, can we solve more than one problem at a time here?

Cheers,

Manda

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Posted by Olivia Richardson
Contributed to on 07/05/2015 2:46 pm
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Hi Manda,

That is a really good question!

I have recently been looking for data on soil carbon concentrations in Cornwall over time. The Countryside Survey run by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology monitor soil carbon concentrations across the UK periodically from 1978: http://www.countrysidesurvey.org.uk/science-and-research/work-packages/soils.

However, this dataset has very few plots in Cornwall that have been consistently sampled over time so it would be great to hear other people’s experiences finding soil data for the county.

Can anyone else recommend any other sources of soil data in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly?

Best wishes,

Olivia

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Posted by mandabrookman
Contributed to on 05/05/2015 11:43 am
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Ok, have answered my own question – the SWARM website is very useful, and does indeed have the average organic matter contents of our fields. It’s less than 3%. That’s pretty pants. :/ As far as I know it should be five per cent or more. But I am very willing to stand corrected!

Are we doing anything to look at the Soil Assoc targets, does anyone know?

Cheers,

Manda

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