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An introduction to soil identification for foresters - 2 module online course


Two modules - Thursday 05 November and Thursday 12 November 2020   

Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm

Method: ZOOM online 

Price: RFS members £12.00 / non-RFS members £15.00 (for both sessions)

Maximum number of delegates: 30

Tutors:  Andy Moffat (see tutor profile below)


We are delighted to announce a repeat of the extremely well received two-module "Introduction to soil identifcation for foresters" online course which we ran earlier in the year, led by tutor Andy Moffat.

The sessions will be limited to 30 delegates, to ensure that participants have plenty of opportunity to interact and ask questions.

The first module will take place on Thursday 05 November at 11.00am and will cover the folllowing:

  • 15 minutes on Introduction to soils and their importance in forestry
  • 10 minutes Q & A
  • 20 minutes on Basics of soil characterisation and classification
  • 15 minutes Q & A
  • Up to 30 minutes additional discussion as needed 

The second module will take place on Thursday 12 November at 11.00am and will cover the following:

  • 15 minutes on Online soil resources and soil investigation in the field/forest
  • 5 minutes Q & A
  • 25 minutes on Demystifying Ecological Site Classification (ESC)
  • 15 minutes Q & A
  • Up to 30 minutes additional discussion as needed 


IMPORTANT NOTE - Andy will refer to a Forestry Commission publication called "The identification of soils for forest management". If you would like to, you can purchase it for £17.00 on the Forestry Commission's website by clicking here

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About the tutor:

Andy Moffat is both a Fellow of the British Society of Soil Science and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, and holds a degree in Geography and Soil Science.  He started his career as a Soil Surveyor for the Soil Survey of England and Wales before taking up a position as Soil Scientist at the Forestry Commission Alice Holt Research Station.  He was the author of the first Forestry Commission Soil Guidelines, and has written many other books, papers and articles about forest soils.  He recently helped to assess FC publications for their suitability to underpin the most recent UKFS Soil Guidelines.  Andy has run a successful course on ‘Soils for Arboriculturists’ for the Arboricultural Association since 2016.

Andy Moffat