Soil assessment reviews

The UK is home to many of the world’s leading soil research institutions, organisations. Work started as far back as the beginning of the last century to map the rich diversity of more than 700 different soil types which are present across the UK. In the last 40 years, attention has turned to the monitoring of our soils, to understanding how they are changing and why, and what benefits they provide us. This research provides us with an influential evidence base which can be a powerful tool for influencing both government policy and management practices.

The following are some of the most influential reviews and reports from the last 15 years. They often cite, or have resulted, in peer-reviewed, scientific papers which we cannot provide here due to copyright law but are important as they provide that independent review on which the scientific process is based.

We will continually add to this list as our work continues.

SSA soil policy library

Soil library

Online library of some of the most useful relevant resources relating to soils policy development, created by official, expert and authoritative sources.

Back to the land: rethinking our approach to soil

This report calls for a radical rethink of farming practices and soil management in order to help regenerate the soils that underpin our supply of food and environment.
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The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture: Systems at breaking point. Synthesis report 2021

A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on the status of global land and water resources.
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The state of the environment: soil (2019)

A report that aims to widen understanding about the state of soils.
The community hub for all things soil

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.