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UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Countryside Survey

Lighthouse & Soil Assessment Network

Land use(s)

  • Mixed
  • All types of main land use, soil types and habitat types across Great Britain

Successes / outcomes

  • The last report in 2007 demonstrated clear evidence of both policy successes and failures for soil health e.g. recovery of soil pH due to emission controls; continued decline of organic carbon in cropland soils.

Methods / issues being explored

  • This is a rolling national monitoring programme dating back to 1978 which includes traditional and novel methods for soil health assessment. Plant species presence is also recorded at the same sampling locations

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Biodiversity

Methods of data collection

  • Field surveys
  • Remote sensing (LIDAR, satellites, drones, etc.)

Types of organisation involved

  • Academics


  • Open days
  • Events/festivals
  • One-to-one contact

Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in

  • Agricology
  • Groundswell
  • Nature Friendly Farming Network
  • Innovation for Agriculture
  • Innovative Farmers


David Robinson
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Other organisations involved:

Land use type:

  • Mixed