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Think soils: Identifying soil structural problems in the field


This manual contains a series of photographs showing examples of good structure and poor structure for different soil types. This information from following this guidance could be used for monitoring changes in soil condition, and also identifying areas where restoration or improved management may or may not be needed, including the need for nature-based solutions to address issues such as soil compaction, erosion, poor infiltration and water pollution. See also the Agile tool for selecting biodiversity and soil health metrics.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Planning


  • Farmland

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity
  • Food production
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Natural flood management
  • Water quality

Source | Environment Agency

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