Bunce, R.G.H; Hornung, M.; Hatton, A.; Stevens, P.A.; Cummins, R.; French, D.

Soil physico-chemical properties 1978 [Countryside Survey]

This dataset consists of soil physico-chemical properties (pH and loss on ignition) from soils sampled across Great Britain in 1978. 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: 2016-06-29

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You must cite: Bunce, R.G.H; Hornung, M.; Hatton, A.; Stevens, P.A.; Cummins, R.; French, D. (2016). Soil physico-chemical properties 1978 [Countryside Survey]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/85c71959-0f7c-4f04-b3a7-152673107a85


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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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Temporal extent
1977-05-01    to    1978-10-01

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

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)


Soil samples were collected in the summers of 1977 and 1978 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 standardised protocols at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Merlewood in 1977 and 1978. data are managed by the Centre for Ecology ad Hydrology.


Bunce, R.G.H
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Hornung, M.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Hatton, A.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Stevens, P.A.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Cummins, R.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
French, D.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology

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


Topic categories
CEH Topic
Natural capital
Place keywords
Great Britain
Stratum keywords
Environmental survey

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Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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