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.
The Society recognises the importance of Scotland’s geodiversity as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainable development, to be safeguarded and managed appropriately for this and future generations. We commit to maintain and enhance our geodiversity, and are founding signatories of Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter.
Local geoconservation groups work with local authorities and other partners to promote geoconservation in their areas. These groups identify Local Geodiversity Sites – the most important places for geology, geomorphology and soils outside statutorily protected areas. Local groups work to raise awareness of sites and geodiversity through publications, interpretation boards and events, and by developing access and educational usage of sites and trails.
The Society has three affiliated local geoconservation groups:
- Lothian and Borders GeoConservation
- Tayside Geodiversity
- Stirling and Clackmannan RIGS Group (currently dormant)
Free Geoconservation Leaflets to download
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. Visit their website for background information, templates and news from other groups in the UK.