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Soil pH and nutrient status on sites of high botanical value - LM0444

A project to collect and collate information on soils from holdings which are in, or candidates for, agri-environment agreements.
The soil samples will be collected from Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and/or s41 Priority Habitats and potentially from other sites with high value botanical features. The aim is to provide a baseline which will allow us to evaluate the way that 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.

This project will involve the collection of soil samples from up to five hundred Higher Level Scheme sites. Samples are to be collected, where possible, from within the botanical feature and from outside of the feature. Short site reports and a summary will be required from the contractor. Collected samples will be analysed through an existing contract.

The proposed outcomes are that NE should be able to use the information to provide, in many cases, a baseline, in others additional information, that will enable NE to assess any changes in soils that might drive vegetation change.
The objectives of this mini-tender are:
1. Provide baseline soil pH and nutrient status data for high value sites
2. Enable Natural England to detect changes in the soil which may drive changes in vegetation
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : LM0444 Soil pH and nutrient sampling 2014 Final Report   (1921k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2015

Cost: £66,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Belinda Wheeler