ICF & FFF: Introduction to Soil Identification for Foresters

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The Institute of Chartered Foresters and Focus on Forestry First have teamed up to bring foresters living and working in Wales a one-day workshop that focuses on soil identification.

Course Objectives

The objectives for this online workshop are to enable course members to:

  • understand the importance of soil management in sustainable forestry;
  • understand the building blocks of soil characterisation and forest soil classification;
  • learn how to approach soil investigation and identification in the forest or field, drawing upon published online sources on information, and conducting new observations;
  • understand the principles behind the Forestry Commission Ecological Site Classification (ESC) System, the soil inputs required and how to predict tree species suitability, taking climate change into account.

The course is designed to be suitable for any forestry professional living or working in Wales whose decisions depend on knowledge of soil.  Please note that the course is designed for the forestry rather than the arboricultural sector. It will avoid jargon – the main purpose is to demystify the management of forest soils for practitioners! Participants will receive further information and further reading (mostly online), UK Forestry Standard soil requirements and a list of Forest Research publications on soil management.

Who should attend?

Foresters living or working in Wales.


Andy Moffat MICfor

Andy has a degree in Geography and Soil Science and a Ph.D. in geographical research. He started his career as a Soil Surveyor with the Soil Survey of England and Wales before taking up a position as forest soil scientist with the Forestry Commission Research Division (now Forest Research). He has conducted considerable research on forest soils and published many papers and FC guidelines on forest soil management, including the first Forest and Soil Guidelines.  He was successively Head of Environmental Research Branch, Environmental and Human Sciences Division and the Centre for Forestry and Climate Change.  He is now Director of his own environmental consultancy company, an honorary Research Fellow at Forest Research and a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading.  He gives workshops on a variety of subjects including soils and climate change for the Arboricultural Association, the Royal Forestry Society and now the Institute of Chartered Forests, of which he is a Member and Chartered Consultant.

Focus on Forestry First Ltd fully funds this event, all they ask for is a small booking fee to secure your place on the course.