Black, H.I.J. et al

Soil physico-chemical properties 1998 [Countryside Survey]

This dataset consists of soil physico-chemical properties (pH, loss on ignition, carbon stock and concentration, total nitrogen, Olsen phosphorus) from soils sampled across Great Britain in 1998. 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.
Please note: the use of Olsen P data, particularly in relation to acidic soils, is controversial. Please ensure these data are suitable for your requirements and exercise caution in their use.

Publication date: 2016-06-28

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

You must cite: Black, H.I.J.; Chaplow, J.S.; Ainsworth, G.; Coward, P.A.; Creamer, R.; Ellwood, S.; Horne, J.; Hornung, M.; Kennedy, V.H.; Raine, L.; Osborn, D.; Parekh, N.R.; Parrington, J.; Poskitt, J.M.; Potter, E.; Reeves, N.; Rowland, A.P.; Self, P.; Turner, S.; Watkins, J.W.; Wood, C.M.; Woods, C.; Wright, J. (2016). Soil physico-chemical properties 1998 [Countryside Survey]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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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
1998-05-04    to    1999-10-01

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Black, H. I. J.; Garnett, J. S.; Ainsworth, G.; Coward, P. A.; Creamer, R.; Ellwood, S.; Horne, J.; Hornung, M.; Kennedy, V. H.; Monson, F.; Raine, L.; Osborn, D.; Parekh, N. R.; Parrington, J.; Poskitt, J.; Potter, E.; Reeves, N.; Rowland, A. P.; Self, P.; Turner, S.; Watkins, J.; Woods, C.; Wright, J.. 2002 MASQ: Monitoring And Assessing Soil Quality in Great Britain. Survey Module 6: Soils and Pollution. Bristol, Environment Agency, 200pp. (CEH Project Number: C01229, R&D Technical Report E1-063/TR)

Provenance & quality

Soil samples were collected in the summers of 1998 and 1999 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 Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Merlewood in 1998 and 1999. Data are managed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Correspondence/contact details

Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Black, H.I.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chaplow, J.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Ainsworth, G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Coward, P.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Creamer, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Ellwood, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Horne, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hornung, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Kennedy, V.H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Raine, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Osborn, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Parekh, N.R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Parrington, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Poskitt, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Potter, E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Reeves, N.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rowland, A.P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Self, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Turner, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Watkins, J.W.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Woods, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wright, J.
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
Environmental survey Great Britain,  Natural capital Soil Soil