Examples of the Geodiversity Charter in action

These examples illustrate how individuals and organisations are working to maintain and celebrate Scotland’s geodiversity,  and support Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter.


A: Individuals and communities
1. UNESCO Global Geoparks:  run by local communities to promote and manage geological sites and landscapes
2. Hugh Miller – celebrating the legacy of Scotland’s great geologist, writer and social campaigner
3. Atlantic Islands Centre, Isle of Luing: community hub that tells the story of local people, nature and landscape
4. Safeguarding Skye’s fossil heritage for research and tourism: Staffin Museum, Skye
5. Partnership working with local communities to develop geological trails
6. Witch Craig Wall Local Geodiversity Site, West Lothian
7. The Bedrock Walk – a journey through geological time (2013)

Lang Craigs SSSI

B: Land owners and managers
1. Restoration of the Rottal Burn, Glen Clova
2. SNH Remedies Project: management interventions at over 20 geological sites
3. NTS Culzean: New pipeline avoids important rock outcrop
4. Restoration of meanders in the Logie Burn, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve
5. Lang Craigs SSSI, nr Dumbarton
6. Recording a temporary section through tills at Boyne Quarry GCR site, Banffshire

C: Industry and business
1. Lochaber Geopark: development of business opportunities
2. A Scottish Carboniferous Research Park: sensitive open cast restoration can create space for tourism, learning and research
3. Machrihanish Golf Course
4. Craigleith Quarry Local Geodiversity Site, City of Edinburgh Council
5. Ravelrig Quarry, Kirknewton

Craigleith Quarry, EdinburghD: Local authorities, public agencies and Scottish government
1. Clyde Marine Partnership, integrating geology into marine planning
2. Designation of Local Geodiversity Sites in the Lothians: partnership between Lothian and Borders GeoConservation and Local Authorities
3. Clyde Urban Super Project (CUSP): Knowledge of the subsurface is vital in planning and delivering successful construction and regeneration projects
4. Inverarnie Esker Trail, Strath Nairn
5. Flood control, Braid Burn, Edinburgh
6. Geoconservation management plan at Rouken Glen, Giffnock (2015)
7. Refreshed interpretive facility at Knockan Crag NNR (2013)
8. A Geodiversity Audit of the City of Glasgow (2013)
9. East Dunbartonshire Geodiversity Audit (2010)
10. Edinburgh Local Biodiversity Action Plan (2010-2015)

E: Education, research and museums
1. Geobus: taking Earth Science education to schools across Scotland
2. Shoreshapers: guide that helps people understand more about the geomorphology of rocky coasts and how the plants and animals that live on rocky shores help shape their habitat
3. ClimateXChange: assessing risks to geoheritage
4. Seabed geodiversity, Loch Broom and the Summer Isles
5. Moniaive GeoDial
6. Palynological study of the peat deposits in the Clyde-Muirshiel Regional Park
7. Higher Geology Student Conference & Parliamentary Reception