Research and analysis

UK soil and herbage pollutant survey (UKSHS)

This series of reports presents the first national survey of soil quality.

Documents

UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey: Project summary

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 1: Introduction and Summary

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 2: Chemical and radiometric sample collection methods

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 3: Chemical analytical methods

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 4: Soil property and radiometric analytical methods

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 5: Intercomparison exercise

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 6: Intensive sampling and spatial variability in UK soils

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 7: Environmental concentrations of heavy metals in UK soil and herbage

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 8: Environmental concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in UK soil and herbage

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 9: Environmental concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey Report 10: Environmental concentrations of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans in UK soil and herbage

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UK Soil and Herbage Pollutant Survey: Data

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Results of a major survey of contaminant levels in soil and herbage in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The 27 month survey presents valuable information about a range of pollutants including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and trace metals in soils and herbage.

For many contaminants, the survey provides the first coherent picture of their concentrations across the UK. The results provide a reliable baseline against which intensive local surveys and future national surveys can be assessed. It will help the Environment Agency and others to monitor and remedy pollution events more efficiently.

Published 1 June 2007