Devon and Cornwall Soils Alliance c/o Westcountry Rivers Trust

Living Laboratory, Lighthouse & Soil Assessment Network

Land use(s)

  • Lowland
  • Most of the work of the Devon and Cornwall Soils Alliance is on Lowland mixed farms but this covers diary, beef & sheep and arable

Successes / outcomes

  • Training for over 100 advisors across Devon and Cornwall on soil management. There are lots of examples of individual farm projects changing soil health.

Methods / issues being explored

  • Increased diversity of sward / crops
  • Crop rotation$Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Modification of organic matter inputs
  • Reduced use of control chemicals
  • Precision farming
  • Introduction / management of water bodies
  • Rewetting of peatlands
  • Whole system approach

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Water runoff / flooding
  • Water quality
  • Carbon

Methods of data collection

  • Visual assessments
  • Field surveys
  • Commercial laboratories
  • Sensors
  • Remote sensing (LIDA, satellites, drones etc.)

Types of organisation involved

  • Farmers
  • Agri- or forestry industries
  • Academics
  • Consultants

Outreach

  • Open days
  • Training courses
  • Events/festivals

Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in

  • Groundswell

Other organisations involved:

  • Multiple Independant Farmers
  • Multiple Independant Contractors
  • Multiple Independant farming consultants
  • Westcountry Rivers trust
  • Devon Wildlife Trust
  • Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
  • Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • South West Water
  • Premier Foods
  • Saputo
  • APB Meats
  • Keypack
  • Catchment Partnerships
  • Local Nature Partnerships
  • Flood and Coastal Committee$

Land use type:

  • Lowland
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