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The resources section provides background information for each topic in the website to help you understand why soil matters. It also provides links to specialist sources where you can find more detailed information.
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Information on soils for farmers, crofters and anyone interested in growing food, rearing livestock or other productive uses of land.
Information for foresters and anyone interested in woodland management on the best ways to manage soils for trees – while still looking after the soils.
There is a lot more to soils than their importance as a platform for construction. Soils interact with our environment helping to maintain clean water and air as well as supporting the green infrastructure in our towns and cities.
Too readily dismissed as ‘dirt’, and usually confined in a curricular context within the boundaries of science, soils offer unlimited possibilities for interdisciplinary learning across the Curriculum for Excellence, particularly within the key contexts of Learning for Sustainability and Health & Well-being.
The Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) funds a portfolio of Strategic Research to build a platform of knowledge to strengthen policy and contribute to national outcomes and the Scottish Government's single purpose.
Scotland has a wide variety of different soil types. This is because our soils are created from a wide variety of rocks and sediments by a range of processes controlled by the climate and where the soil sits in the landscape.
Scotland’s soils provide us with many benefits and we need to protect our soils so that they can continue to provide these benefits in future. Although there is no one-size-fits-all soil protection policy for Scotland, there is a range of policies and legislation that gives some protection to some aspects of soil and influences how our soils are managed.
Find out about the key characteristics of the main soil types in Scotland. More detailed information can be found in the Scottish soil classification.