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Project to survey and assess Soil pH and nutrient status on sites of high botanical value - LM0423

Description
This soil monitoring project will collect and collate soil samples and management information from farm holdings which are in or candidates for agri-environment agreements. The soil samples will be collected from SSSI and/or Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Habitats and potentially from other sites with high value botanical features providing us with baseline information or data will aid in the evaluatation of how the adoption of Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme options has contributed to the delivery of Natural England’s and Defra’s environmental, resource protection and ecosystem services objectives.
Objective
The objectives for this project are to:

1. Provide baseline soil pH and nutrient status data for high value sites which can be used both for assessment of current site status, and for subsequent monitoring.
2. Enable Natural England to detect changes in the soil which may drive changes in vegetation
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : LM0423 soils report 2014   (1013k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £24,384
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Philip Wilson, Cranfield University
Keywords
Environmental Stewardship