Soil Environment Services

We assess soils on sites ranging from nature reserves to contaminated building sites

Greenfield or Agricultural Land Survey
Soil Environment Services has considerable expertise in delivering soil assessments and soil surveys for greenfield sites and agricultural land. This can be required for example to meet planning requirements for housing or solar park planning applications, building development or mineral extraction applications. Agricultural Land Classification information sheet.

Our services in this area include:

           Land classification surveysFurther information

  • Agricultural Land Classification (ALC – England & Wales),
  • Land Capability Classification for Agriculture (LCCA – Scotland)
  • Land Capability Classification for Forestry (LCCF)

            Environmental permits for land spreading

            Mineral extraction soil movement planning Further information

            Woodland burial site soil survey

Soil impact assessment and mitigation for your development can be included in a report which would be designed in consultation with yourselves to integrate into a larger environmental impact assessment or statement report if required.


Statement of competence

SES Ltd undertake several dozen ALC or LCCA surveys a year and have worked on sites up to 1000 ha.  We have won many contracts to supply Land Classification reports to local authorities as part of their strategic development plans.  We have been awarded contracts to survey major infrastructure schemes such the Norwich Northern Distributor road. We liaise with the regulatory authorities to ensure all aspects of our reports are acceptable.  Our directors have PhDs in soil physics and plant biology and this ensures we have an in depth understanding of the processes and science underpinning the ALC system.  Our staff  have worked on research projects which have contributed to central government policy on aspects of land restoration and have jointly developed minerals industry guidance documents for soil handling.  SES have been at the forefront of training new science graduates to become ALC surveyors over many decades and these now work in numerous consultancies across the UK.  Our current expert team of soil scientists are members of the British Society of Soil Science and have attended specialist ALC training courses run by DEFRA and soil survey courses in Scotland. We have worked to review other consultants ALC reports in order to contribute to public enquiry proceedings dealing with mineral extraction and solar park planning applications.


Contact us to schedule a greenfield/agricultural soil survey or to discuss your survey or land classification requirements.   Please contact Dr Robin Davies  Tel.  01661 844827