Soilscapes for England and Wales

Soilscapes is a 1:250 000 scale, simplified soils dataset covering England and Wales. It was created from the far more detailed national soil map (NATMAP Vector) held by the National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI) at Cranfield University, with the purpose of communicating a general understanding of the variations that occur between soil types, and how soils affect the environment and landscape of the two countries. Soil exerts a strong influence on our whole ecosystem, being the foundation for many of the ecosystem services and functions, and is a fragile resource that needs to be understood and protected.

The information contained in LandIS is copyrighted, and its use is subject to a specific licensing agreement between Cranfield University and the user. Depending on the status of the user, the cost can vary from a fully commercial charge for data lease to being royalty-free with a small charge for extraction and preparation of the data to meet the user's needs.

For more information on the classification check out the Soils Guide, or view within Cranfield's online Soilscapes Viewer.

Soilscapes

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Key NSRI Soilscapes
Blanket bog peat soils
Fen peat soils
Freely draining, acid, loamy soils over rock
Freely draining, floodplain soils
Freely draining, lime rich, loamy soils
Freely draining, sandy Breckland soils
Freely draining, slightly acid but base rich soils
Freely draining, slightly acid, loamy soils
Freely draining, slightly acid, sandy soils
Freely draining, very acid, sandy and loamy soils
Lime rich, loamy and clayey soils with impeded drainage
Loamy and clayey floodplain soils with naturally high groundwater
Loamy and clayey soils of coastal flats with naturally high groundwater
Loamy and sandy soils with naturally high groundwater and a peaty surface
Loamy soils with naturally high groundwater
Naturally wet, very acid, sandy and loamy soils
Raised bog peat soils
Restored soils, mostly from quarry and opencast spoil
Saltmarsh soils
Sand dune soils
Shallow, lime rich soils over chalk or limestone
Shallow, very acid, peaty soils over rock
Slightly acid, loamy and clayey soils with impeded drainage
Slowly permeable, seasonally wet, acid, loamy and clayey soils
Slowly pearmable, seasonally wet, slightly acid but base rich loamy and clayey soils
Slowly pearmable, wet, very acid, upland soils with a peaty surface
Very acid, loamy, upland soils with a wet peaty surface
Unsurveyed/urban
Water body
Title Soilscapes for England and Wales
Source Cranfield National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI), Cranfield University
Enquiries nsridata@cranfield.ac.uk
Scale(s) 1:250 000
Coverage England and Wales
Format GIS polygon data. (ESRI, MapInfo, other formats available by reques.t)
Price 25p per km2 for commercial use of 1:250 000 scale data. Subject to licence fee and data preparation fee. For more information about licensing data see http://www.landis.org.uk/data/datapricing.cfm.
A free online map service is available here: http://www.landis.org.uk/services/soilscapes.cfm
Uses Regional to national level use
Downloads User guide
Map Viewer View in UKSO Map Viewer
WMS link http://www.landis.org.uk/arcgis/services/UKSoilObservatory/
Soilscapes_Cranfield/MapServer/WmsServer?
Images High resolution | low resolution