The Scottish Soil Framework

This framework is aimed at government policy leads, delivery partners, environmental and business NGOs, research organisations and other key stakeholders with an interest.


1 Towers, W. Grieve, I.C. Hudson, G. Campbell, C.D. Lilly, A. Davidson, D.A. Bacon, J.R. Langan S.J. and Hopkins D.W. (2006) Scotland's Soil Resource - Current State And Threats, Environmental Research Report 2006/01, Scottish Executive, Edinburgh. ISBN 0 7559 6260 5,

2 European Commission (2002) Towards a thematic Strategy for Soil Protection - COM(2002) 179 final, 16.4.2002 (Brussels)

3 European Commission (2006a) - Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection Communication ( COM(2006) 231)

4 European Commission (2006b) - Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the protection of soil and amending Directive 2004/35/ EC. Directive ( COM(2006) 232)

5 Blum W.E.H. (1993): Soil Protection concept of the Council of Europe and Integrated Soil Research. In: Eijsackers, H.J.P. and Hamers, T., Soil and Environment Vol. I. Integrated soil and sediment research: a basis for proper protection. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publisher, 37-47.

6 MEA (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment) 2005. Ecosystems and human well-being synthesis. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

7 Milne, R. and Brown, T.A., (1997) Carbon in the vegetation and Soils in Great Britain. Journal of Envrionmental Management , 49, 413-433.

8 Bradley, R.I., Milne,R., Bell J., Lilly, A., Jordan C. and Higgins, A. (2005) A soil carbon and land use database for the United Kingdom. Soil Use and Management, 21, 4, 363-369.

9 Towers W., Malcolm, A & Bruneau PMC (2005) Assessing the nature conservation value of soil and its relationship with designated features, SNH commissioned research report 111.

10 Towers, W., Bradley R.I., Mayr, T., Feeney, I. & Bruneau P.M.C. (2008). Nature conservation value of soils: bringing functionality into practice. SNH commissioned research report 281.

11 Wright I.A., R V Birnie, R.V., Malcolm, A., Towers, W. and McKeen M. (2006) The Potential Use of the Land Capability for Agriculture Classification for Determining Support to Disadvantaged Areas of Scotland

12 SEPA (2006) State of Scotland's Environment Report,

13 Hulme M, Jenkins GJ, Lu X et al.. (2002) Climate change scenarios for the United Kingdom: The UKCIP02 Scientific Report, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 120pp.

14 SNIFFER, (2006) Climate Change Trends

15 Scottish Government (2008) Consultation on proposals for a Scottish Climate Change Bill - web publication -

16 Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry ( LULUCF) -

17 IPCC, 2000 - Robert T. Watson, Ian R. Noble, Bert Bolin, N. H. Ravindranath, David J. Verardo and David J. Dokken IPCC Special Report on Land Use, Land-Use Change And Forestry (Eds.) Cambridge University Press, UK. pp 375

18 Scottish Executive (2006b) - Changing our ways; Scotland's climate change programme. Edinburgh, Scottish Executive.

19 Scottish Executive (2006) Review of Greenhouse Gas Life Cycle Emissions, Air Pollution Impacts and Economics of Biomass Production and Consumption in Scotland. Web publication.

20 Scottish Executive (2005) - Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activity,

21 SAC (2004a) - The 4 Point Plan. 2nd edition. Web publication -

22 SAC (2004b) - The Farm Soils Plan -web publication.

23 Forestry Commission (2004) THE UK FORESTRY STANDARD, The Government's Approach to Sustainable Forestry. Web publication .$FILE/fcfc001.pdf

24 Scottish Executive (2004) - Scotland's Biodiversity: It's in Your Hands - A strategy for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in Scotland

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Photo & Illustration Sources

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  • Humus Iron Podzol @ MLURI
  • @Noel Fojut/ HS
  • @ Noel Fojut/ HS
  • Scottish Borders @P&A MacDonald/ SNH
  • Dundee Law @P&A MacDonald/ SNH


  • The soil of Scotland @Macaulay Institute

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  • Humus Iron Podzol @ MLURI

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  • Machair, Barvas, Isle of Lewis @ Lorne Gill/ SNH

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  • Dundee Law @ P&A Macdonald/ SNH

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  • Arable farming at Carghill Pertshire @Lorne Gill/ SNH
  • The Flow country @Steve Moore/ SNH

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  • Argyll sunset @George Logan/ SNH
  • Flanders Moss NNR @Patricia Bruneau/ SNH
  • Whithorn @ RCAHMS per Noel Fojut/ HS
  • Opencast coal mining Muirkirk @P&A MacDonald/ SNH

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  • Machair, Barvas, Isle of Lewis @ Lorne Gill/ SNH

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  • A9 Land slide @ BBC

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  • Upland blanket bog in the Grampian mountains @ Lorne Gill/ SNH

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  • Wetland and arable fields in the Scottish Borders @ P&A Macdonald/ SNH

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  • Brown earth soil @ Macaulay Institute



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