Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Soils alive: the biological basis of soil health

  • 28 Jan 2016
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Village Hall, Main Street, Glooston, Market Harborough, LE16 7ST
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Soil Biology, Organic Matter and Structure - a practical workshop

You are invited (and particularly farmers in the Nene and Welland catchments) to this free meeting focusing on soil biology, soil organic matter, earthworms, use of crop residues, manures, composts cover crops and waste products. 

There will be a practical session introducing soil organisms and their role in soil health.

Please feel free to bring along earthworms from your own farm for identification.

09.45 Refreshments

10.15 Countryside Stewardship update

  • Soil erosion and diffuse pollution issues

Georgina Wallis, CSFO

10.35 Local earthworm data

  • Local earthworm species, numbers and distribution

Felicity Crotty, Loddington

10.55 Soil health, organic matter and crop yield:

  • how organic matter forms soil organic matter 
  • organic matter as a food source
  • value of different organic matter additions
  • how organic matter increases crop yields
  • how can we manage organic inputs more effectively?

Tom Sizmur, University of Reading

11.45 Discussion

12.00 Lunch

12.45 The role of earthworms in agricultural systems

  • species within the British earthworm fauna
  • earthworm distribution
  • how earthworms contribute to soil processes
  • farming practices to encourage healthy earthworm populations

David Jones, Natural History Museum

13.15 Introduction and visit to Fox & Hounds Farm, Stonton Wyville

Michael Summers

Farm walk

  • How to find evidence of ecosystem engineers!
  • What does a healthy soil look like?
  • Earthworm survey
    • what worms are evident and what role do they play in your soil?
    • what do they like best?
David Jones and Tom Sizmur

14.30 Wrap up & refreshments in farm building

 Close & Depart

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

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