Role of upland organo-mineral soils in flood risk

The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the role of upland sheep grazing management in maintaining and enhancing the key soil functions of UK organo-mineral soils in upland areas, with a focus on physical and chemical properties, hydrological function and earthworm communities. Findings could potentially deliver benefits upstream and downstream in flood and drought resilience and good water quality. This knowledge can then be used by Natural England and other organisations to determine ways that enable grazing management in these communities to continue and thrive while at the same time reducing dependence on, for example, energy-costly manufactured fertilizers and veterinary treatments, whilst protecting valuable soil functions.

Co-funder: Natural England