Soils in the Landscape

Soils are a natural part of the landscape and contain a lot of information about its development. This course explores the field characters of natural soils around the Field Centre unlocking the fascinating evidence for their geological origins and the dramatic changes brought about by the Ice Ages and human intervention. Participants will use published maps, field investigation and simple laboratory techniques to assess the characters of a range of soil types. The relationship of soils to vegetation and land management will also be emphasised, and presentations will show the importance of soils in creating and restoring the landscapes of East Anglia.

Jonny Stone is an ecological consultant based in East Anglia, specialising in the assessment and management of vegetation. Much of this work involves an investigation of the character of the underlying geology and soils – and their distribution in the surrounding landscape – as a prelude to advising on land management for nature conservation. With a background in physical geography, Jonny brings many years of observation and practical experience into assessing the history of soil development and the vegetation it supports.

How to Apply

Please book online via or contact the Centre by phone on 01743 852040 or email

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Key Information

Start date:

21st October 2019 at 9:00am


From £170


Field Studies Council




Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Environment, Workshop & Practical Skills


Flatford Mill, Suffolk, United Kingdom

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