Ever wondered what footprints past communities left on the soils that surrounded them? Cleared townships and their surrounding soils offer us a keen insight into farming and domestic activities and through soil and sediment analysis we can begin to reconstruct these giving us a fascinating look at day to day life in the old Highlands.
PhD student Louisa Habermann will be speaking at the Rock Stop this Thursday to tell us what she had learned so far about the Soils of Coigach and Assynt as part of the Soil Fertility Research Project.
Louisa’s project aims to support land mangers through the contribution of knowledge on the range andextent of soils and soil nutrients associated with settlements and shielings in Assynt. This will also allow comparison with Sutherland and Ross-shire with similar geological and cultural histories. Drawing upon results of the PhD thesis, her studentship will provide a report on long-term soils sustainability in the North West Highlands and this knowledge will in turn help inform land management and policy strategies with the aim of strengthening more resilient and adaptive communities in the future.
Recommended donation £5 to cover costs of venue.
Recommended donation (to cover costs) £5. Friends of the Geopark £4