Today is World Soil Day

It’s that time of year again when everyone should join in soilidarity (I’m ashamed that I can’t take the credit for this pun – I’ve seen it on twitter a hundred times or more already today) to celebrate soils and raise awareness of their plight. Yes, it’s ‘world soil day’! The changing nature of our soils isContinue reading “Today is World Soil Day”

Soil Texture: Sand, Silt and Clay

Today, as part of the series of posts on soils, we are going to look at ‘soil texture’. Soil forms the basis for all life but it’s important to know about its mineral constitution as well as its biological profile. Texture refers to the ‘feel’ of the soil. This is affected by the constituent materialsContinue reading “Soil Texture: Sand, Silt and Clay”

Focusing on…THE ALLERTON PROJECT

Taking part in the Big Farmland Bird Count at the weekend made me more aware of the work of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and particularly the Allerton Project. This post will be part of a number of blog posts profiling organisations and environmental/conservation projects. According to the GWCT website the aims of theContinue reading “Focusing on…THE ALLERTON PROJECT”

Why Soils Matter in the Global Food Security Debate

Some of you may know (although I have to confess that I was personally unaware until yesterday) that last week was ‘Global Soil Week’ when more than 450 scientists, policy makers and practitioners from 71 countries gathered together in Berlin to discuss the role of soils in society. The theme of the week was ‘LosingContinue reading “Why Soils Matter in the Global Food Security Debate”