Emmett, B.A. et al

Soil metals data 2007 [Countryside Survey]

This dataset consists of metal concentrations (aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, titanium and zinc) measured from soils sampled across Great Britain in 2007.

The Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside. The sample sites are chosen from a stratified random sample, based on a 15 by 15 km grid of GB. Surveys have been carried out in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1998 and 2007 by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, with repeated visits to the majority of squares. The countryside is sampled and surveyed using rigorous scientific methods, allowing us to compare new results with those from previous surveys. In this way we can detect the gradual and subtle changes that occur in the UK's countryside over time. In addition to soil data, habitat areas, vegetation species data, linear habitat data, and freshwater habitat data are also gathered by Countryside Survey

Publication date: 2016-06-03

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Emmett, B.A.; Reynolds, B.; Chamberlain, P.M.; Rowe, E. ; Spurgeon, D.; Brittain, S.A. ; Frogbrook, Z.; Hughes, S.; Lawlor, A.J.; Poskitt, J.; Potter, E.; Robinson, D.A.; Scott, A.; Wood, C.M.; Woods, C. (2016). Soil metals data 2007 [Countryside Survey]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/826b0829-7ab5-4e22-822f-ee3a137896a9


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The following acknowledgement shall be used on all copies of the data, publications and reports, including use in presentations to any audience. 'Countryside Survey data owned by NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology'

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Study area
Temporal extent
2007-05-01    to    2007-11-01

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Emmett, B. A.; Frogbrook, Z. L.; Chamberlain, P. M.; Griffiths, R; Pickup, R.; Poskitt, J.; Reynolds, B.; Rowe, E.; Rowland, P.; Wilson, J.; Wood, C. M.. 2008 Countryside Survey. Soils Manual. NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 180pp. (CS Technical Report No.3/07, CEH Project Number: C03259)
Emmett, B.A.; Reynolds, B.; Chamberlain, P.M.; Rowe, E.; Spurgeon, D.; Brittain, S.A.; Frogbrook, Z.; Hughes, S.; Lawlor, A.J.; Poskitt, J.; Potter, E.; Robinson, D.A.; Scott, A.; Wood, C.; Woods, C.. 2010 Countryside Survey: Soils Report from 2007. NERC/Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, 192pp. (CS Technical Report No. 9/07, CEH Project Number: C03259)

Provenance & quality

Soil samples were collected in the summer of 2007 by field surveyors. Data were recorded from up to 256 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. Samples were analysed according to standardized protocols at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in 2007. Data are managed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Correspondence/contact details

Prof. Bridget Emmett
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW
United Kingdom


Emmett, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Reynolds, B.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chamberlain, P.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rowe, E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Spurgeon, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Brittain, S.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Frogbrook, Z.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hughes, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lawlor, A.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Poskitt, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Potter, E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Robinson, D.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scott, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Woods, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
aluminium,  arsenic,  cadmium,  chromium,  copper,  Environmental survey lead,  manganese,  mercury,  molybdenum,  Natural capital nickel,  selenium,  Soil titanium,  zinc