Soils are complicated systems that vary a lot across our landscape. They support a wide range of habitats and provide a variety of important functions in our environment, from production of food, to purifying our air and water, to regulating our climate.
Because of this, there is no single target value that can be prescribed for achieving healthy soils.
In the next few steps, you will be asked to select a habitat, soil type and rainfall value. These inputs are to describe the environment of the land that you manage.
The values you input are purely for use in this app; no data that you enter is stored or can be used outside of the app to protect your privacy.
When you're ready, click the "Go to next step" button to begin!
Please note that the following habitats are not benchmarked : Saltmarsh and near-shore sediment , and Urban and Man-made
We have classified the vegetation and land use of Great Britain into 11 well defined habitat types including:
- Arable and Horticulture
- Improved Grassland
- Broadleaved and Mixed Woodland
- Conifer Woodland
- Heathland, Bracken and Montane
- Acid Grassland
- Neutral and Calcareous Grassland
- Lowland Wetlands
- Upland Wetlands
- Saltmarsh and Near Shore Sediment
- Urban and Man-made
For the last 2 habitats in this list, we cannot generate reliable benchmarks as we do not have enough samples as they are relatively small in area. We hope future work will allow us to do this.
To choose a habitat, select one of the options displayed.
If you are unsure, you can zoom in and click on your location on the interactive map. This will tell you what your habitat most likely is based on the UKCEH Land Cover Map for 2021.
More information on the definition of these habitats can be found in the FAQs section of the tool.
Soil type selection
Soil type selection
We have classified the soils of Great Britain into 8 types including:
- Light coarse-textured soils
- Medium loamy-textured soils
- Heavy clayey soils
- Shallow mineral soils
- Carbon-rich soils
- River floodplain and coastal soils
- Deep peat
- Disturbed industrial soils
The last 2 soil types in this list have highly specialised issues which need a broader approach for monitoring, so they are not currently included. To choose a soil type, select one of the options displayed.
If you are unsure what your soil type is, you can use the soil type selection key. This key runs through a series of yes/no questions to help you to select your land's soil type.
More information on the definition of these soil types can be found in the FAQs section of the app.