SIFSS is a web interface that allows you to:
- Compare your soil to national averages calculated from the Scottish Soils Database
- Find out what soil type in is in your area
- Explore the characteristics of around 600 different Scottish soils
- Discover the differences in soil characteristics between cultivated and uncultivated soils
- Examine a range of key indicators of soil quality
The James Hutton Institute, and its predecessor organisations has been collecting data on Scotland’s soils since the 1940s and now has information on over 13,000 locations and over 40,000 individual samples. This information has been summarised into the Scottish Soils Knowledge and Information Base (SSKIB) which can be accessed through the SIFSS website.
How to use SIFSS
- You can find your soil by using the interactive soil map with satellite imagery
- By postcode or map unit
- By entering your National Grid Reference
- Or via a GPS reading
SIFSS is now available as a free iPhone app for growers, farmers and land managers in Scotland to enable them to find out what soil type is in their area. The app enables users to explore the characteristics of around 600 different rural Scottish soils; helping them discover the differences in soil characteristics between cultivated and uncultivated soils, and also to examine a range of key indicators of soil quality. It is available for download on the Apple App Store.
Read more details in the SIFSS news release.
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