Geoconservation is the recognition, protection and management of sites and landscapes that are important for their rocks, fossils, minerals, or other geological or geomorphological features of interest.
Local Geodiversity Sites are the most important places for geology, geomorphology and soils outside statutorily protected nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The designation of Local Geodiversity Sites is one way of recognising and protecting important earth science and landscape features for future generations to enjoy. We also work to raise awareness of sites and geodiversity through publicity such as leaflets, booklets, posters, interpretation boards and the Internet, and by developing access and educational usage of sites and trails (Local Geodiversity Sites were previously known as RIGS, Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites).
Local Geodiversity groups in Scotland are members of GeoConservationUK, the Association of Geoconservation Groups.