The best way to understand more about the soil beneath your feet is to get stuck in and touch, observe and measure it. Perhaps compare what you find to measurements taken by others or from national surveys. There are lots of different ways to do this - from digging for earthworms to learn more about soil biodiversity, to exploring how much carbon your soil might be holding. Below we provide links to the best soil monitoring assessment apps, platforms and mapping tools out there, sorting them according to whether they are easy (no training), medium (some basic online training required) or high (face to face training required) in terms of ease of use complexity. There is also an increasing number of benchmarking tools which help you judge if your soil is as good as it can be. Some of these also might suggest action you can take. So what are you waiting for? Get digging!
uksoils is a consortium of scientific, campaigning and awareness raising organisations, all with a specialist knowledge of soil health, founded by UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Sustainable Soils Alliance, Earthwatch and University of Sheffield.