Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter

charterScotland’s Geodiversity Charter 2018-2023 (pdf download)

Scotland has world-class geodiversity that provides the foundation of our remarkable geoheritage and essential benefits for people and nature. It has a profound influence on landscape, the economy, historical and cultural heritage, habitats and species, education, health and well-being.

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter encourages the promotion and management of Scotland’s geodiversity and better integration of geodiversity into policy and guidance, consistent with the economic, social, cultural and environmental needs of Scotland. This will help to protect a crucial aspect of our natural heritage and deliver more sustainable management of Scotland’s natural resources.

The Charter presents a vision that is supported by more than 90 organisations large and small, from across Scotland and beyond: that geodiversity is “recognised as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainability to be safeguarded for existing and future generations in Scotland”.

First published in June 2012, the Charter has been revised and updated by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and our partners. Publication of the Charter is supported by grants and in-kind support from Scottish Natural Heritage, the British Geological Survey, the Edinburgh Geological Society and the Geological Society of Glasgow. Further signatories are very welcome at any time – please get in touch!

Contact: Colin MacFadyen, NatureScot ( and Helen Fallas (

Case studies

Case studies illustrate how individuals and organisations can work to maintain and celebrate Scotland’s geodiversity, and support the Charter. Case studies are updated regularly – further contributions welcome.

Geodiversity for Local Authorities

Local Geodiversity Sites are a springboard for valuing, interpreting and celebrating geology in local communities. Local Authorities – working in partnership with regional and national expertise – can designate sites and include them in Local Development Plans to ensure their value is widely recognised.
Further information, examples and sources of support.

Signatories to the 2018-2023 Charter

A total of 96 organisations from across Scotland have signed Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter:

Scottish Geology Trust
Scottish Natural Heritage
British Geological Survey
GeoConservation UK
Historic Environment Scotland
James Hutton Institute
Landscape Institute Scotland
Mineral Products Association Scotland
National Museums Scotland
Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
The Geologists’ Association
The Geological Society
Visit Scotland
Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
Bat Conservation Trust
Botanical Society for Scotland
British Ecological Society’s Scottish Policy Group
British Society for Geomorphology
English Geodiversity Forum
International Appalachian Trail Scotland
John Muir Trust
Mountaineering Scotland
Mountain Training Scotland
National Trust for Scotland
The Palaeontological Association
Plantlife Scotland
Quaternary Research Association
Ramblers Scotland
Salmon and Trout Conservation (Scotland)
Scottish Association of Geography Teachers
Scottish Centre for Geopoetics
Scottish Lime Centre Trust
Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club
Scottish Tourist Guides Association
Scottish Wild Land Group
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Trees for Life
Woodland Trust Scotland
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University
University of the Highlands and Islands
Edinburgh Napier University
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St. Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Strathclyde
Aberdeen Geological Society
Angus Council
Arran Geopark
Cairngorms Campaign
Cairngorms National Park Authority
City of Edinburgh Council
Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership
Dynamic Earth
Earth Science Society, University of Glasgow
East Dunbartonshire Council
Edinburgh Geological Society
Geological Society of Glasgow
Glasgow City Council
The Highland Council
Highland Geological Society
Lochaber Geopark
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
North West Highlands Geopark
Orkney Islands Council
Perth and Kinross Council
Shetland Amenity Trust / Geopark Shetland
West Lothian Council
Friends of Hugh Miller
Friends of Kelvin Valley
Geodiversity: Argyll & the Islands
geoHeritage Fife
Grampian Speleological Group
Lochranza Centre CIC
Lothian and Borders GeoConservation
Strathclyde Geoconservation
Tayside Biodiversity Partnership
Tayside Geodiversity
The Way of St Andrews
Border Geo-Science
Breedon Northern Ltd
EnviroCentre Ltd
Hamlet Mountaineering
Hills of Hame
Mr Wood’s Fossils
Mull Geology
Selkie Ventures
Wilco Geotechnics Ltd
Wilderness Scotland

Supporting documents

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter 2018-2023 (pdf download)

Charter Updates (News from the Forum and Charter signatories, and further case studies): Autumn 2013  | Spring 2015 | Summer 2016

Taking the Charter forward – advice for Local Authorities This paper, prepared by the Charter Working Group, outlines how Local Authorities and other Land Owners / Managers can implement the Charter.

Taking the Charter Forward – Tourism Scotland’s geoheritage has significant potential to increase visitor numbers and enhance the visitor experience throughout the country. This paper outlines actions by different stakeholders to help implement the Charter.