Opportunity for young earth scientists – Testimony of the Rocks: Journeys through Time voyage 20-26 June 2015

Testimony of the Rocks: Journeys through Time 20th-26th June 2015

Two young Earth scientists wanted for voyage of discovery!
The Scottish Geodiversity Forum and the Isle of Luing Community Trust will mark the launch of the new Atlantic Islands Centre by chartering the sailing boat Leader in June 2015. The Geological Societies of Glasgow and Edinburgh are offering a unique opportunity for young Earth scientists to be part of the interdisciplinary and intergenerational crew of 15 people.

Testimony of the Rocks application form 2015. Closing date 15 May 2015.

Testimony of the Rocks: Journeys through Time 20th-26th June 2015

Inspired by the sea journeys of geologist Hugh Miller, the Scottish Geodiversity Forum has chartered the beautiful old sailing boat Leader (see trinitysailing.org) to follow the ancient sea routes taken by travellers over the ages around Scotland’s Atlantic islands. From the coracles of early Mesolithic people to Viking longboats and Cal Mac ferries, these journeys have been influenced by the rugged landscape & unpredictable weather. We are currently recruiting 14 people of all ages and backgrounds to join us on Leader from 20th -26th June 2015. At the heart of this journey will be the stories that reveal the relationship between people and place, but perhaps above all, the importance of the underlying geology of these remarkable islands in shaping people’s lives over the millennia. The cost for the week is £515 which covers full board including delicious home cooked food. No sailing experience is required. For further information contact joyce@scottishgeodiversityforum.org.

Fossil Five Poll

Thanks to everyone who supported and voted in the Fossil Five Poll. This public poll, organised by the Forum, celebrated Scotland’s rich fossil heritage. Several hundred people have taken part, and the nation’s five favourite fossils were announced in the Fossil Five Awards at the Hunterian Museum on Tuesday 24 March. City of Glasgow Bailie Phil Greene presented the Awards to champions of the top five fossil groups.

Head over to the scottishgeology.com website for news of the Fossil Five Awards, and to find out more about Scotland’s favourite fossils.

You can also read more about the results in this news article in the National.

Forum AGM

The AGM of the Forum will take place at 5pm at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. This follows the Fossil Five Awards …FossilFiveAwards-invite

Ethical Rock Collection Policy – consultation

We’re in the final stages of consulting on an Ethical Rock Collection Policy for Scotland, bringing together and highlighting guidance on the best way to collect samples – including rock cores and samples for surface exposure dating using cosmogenic nuclide analysis – in ways that preserves the aesthetic qualities of rock exposures, and does not damage or destroy their geoheritage value for future generations.

The draft policy is available here – scottishgeodiversityforum.org/charter/ethical-rock-collection/. Comments by end March to Angus Miller, chair@scottishgeodiversityforum.org.

The new policy will be supported by an online discussion and sharing forum to highlight good and bad examples – Rock Damage Scotland. Please like and share.

AGM Tuesday 24 March

The Annual General Meeting of the Forum will take place on Tuesday 24 March. We’ll be announcing the winners of the Fossil Five poll with an Awards Ceremony to honour Scotland’s favourite fossils on the same afternoon. More details soon …

Geodiversity Charter – spring 2015 update

CharterNewsletter2015p1Just published, our latest newsletter highlighting some of the initiatives taken forward by the 57 signatory organisations in 2014–15 to implement the Charter.

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter – Update Spring 2015

Scottish Geoparks – job opportunity in marketing

Scottish Geoparks Partnership are recruiting for a graduate with strong online communication and business analytical skills who will use their creativity and marketing skills to help generate public awareness of Geoparks in Scotland and engage both visitors and the local community with events, conservation activities and opportunities.


Closing date 15/02/2015

Geodiversity Charter – new case studies

a) Subglacial channel sand unit at Boyne Quarry (c) Jon Merritt

a) Subglacial channel sand unit at Boyne Quarry (c) Jon Merritt

As part of our on-going work with Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter, we’ve added a couple of new case studies.

Geoconservation management plan at Rouken Glen, Giffnock

Recording a temporary section through tills at Boyne Quarry GCR site, Banffshire

The latest update on the Charter is just being finalised, and will be distributed soon.

New edition of Earth Heritage magazine – issue 43, Spring 2015

Layout 1The new Earth Heritage magazine is out, and packed full of interesting articles about geology and geoconservation across the UK. You can read about the Fossil Five poll, Ailsa Craig and the latest news from the Scottish geoparks. Download it at www.earthheritage.org.uk/download.html.