This two part, 5-day long training course will be held at Lancaster & Bangor Universities. The first half of the course, at Lancaster, will involve learning about the basics of soil functioning with an introduction to basic professional soil science training that is led from the BSSS ‘Working With Soils’ Professional Training Program.
The second half of the week is a hands-on field course hosted at the Bangor University Farm which has a classic catena sequence containing the dominant UK soil types. It will include ‘Discovering soils in the landscape’ combined with in situ techniques for evaluating biological, physical and chemical soil quality indicators. It will also look at ‘Improving soil quality’ and the role of ‘Soils in delivering ecosystem services’, and the issue of soil pollution, contamination and remediation.