Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health

  • 11 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Burrow Farm, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3JA
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  • Free registration for the Soil Biology Workshop

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Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health

Farmers, particularly those in the local catchment, are 
invited to this free meeting focusing on soil biology, soil organic matter, use of crop residues, manures, composts cover crops and waste products. (As spaces are limited, priority will be given to those farmers entering their CPH number)

There will also be a practical session introducing soil organisms and their role in soil health together with the opportunity to study some of these organisms and particularly earthworms in the field.

10.15 Refreshments 

10.30 Introduction 
and Countryside Stewardship update

Bryn Thomas, CSFO

11.05 East Devon Rural Diffuse Pollution Project

Christine O'Reilly, Chantal Brown Consulting

11.15 Soil health and organic matter

  • what is soil and soil biodiversity?
  • the soil biota and their function in nutrient cycling, pests, diseases and structure generation
  • the role of carbon and impact of tillage

Karl Ritz, University of Nottingham

12.05 The role of earthworms in agricultural systems

  • species within the British earthworm fauna
  • how earthworms contribute to soil processes
  • farming practices to encourage healthy earthworm populations
David Jones, Natural History Museum

12.35 Lunch

13.15 Practical session with field visit

  • How to find evidence of soil-living animals
  • What does a healthy soil look like
  • Earthworm survey - what worms are present and how you identify the different species

David Jones and Karl Ritz

15.00 Close & Depart

The event is jointly sponsored and funded by the Soil & Water Management Centre and Catchment Sensitive Farming

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