Cumbria GeoConservation Group is a voluntary geological conservation group working to record and look after important geological sites.

The Cumbria GeoConservation Group is an affiliated member of UK RIGS and has the responsibility to

  • identify new RIGS sites in Cumbria
  • monitor and review existing sites
  • develop an awareness of the educational value of earth science field locations not only for essential teaching but for recreational and for research purposes
  • liaison with other county or regional RIGS groups in the UK RIGS system
  • seek to maintain responsible access to valued sites

Currently there are some 280 recorded sites all of which have been evaluated by our members and external advisors. Site details are logged with local authorities and the County Council. A Steering Group, comprising members of local geological societies and the main environmental bodies in Cumbria, oversee the working of the group. Cumbria GeoConservation is affiliated to Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

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The membership comprises earth scientists, members of wildlife bodies, mineral operators and planners. New members are always welcome.

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Examples of Regionally Important geological and geomorphological sites suitable for inclusion in the Cumbria GeoConservation system could include:

  • rocks and soils exposed in quarries,cuttings,stream sections and coastal localities
  • features in the landscape such as areas affected by past glaciation and subsequent deposition,ridges and valleys,moorland and floodplain tracts
  • anthropogenic features including former quarrying,mining,tipping and former industrial sites

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Cumbria GeoConservation - Important Geological Sites in Cumbria
Last update:
23 July 15