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82 organisations support Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter

charterScotland has unique and special geology, important not just in its own right but also in its contribution to many different aspects of today’s society. This ‘geodiversity’ – the non-living part of nature – is celebrated and acknowledged in Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter, relaunched this week with the support of 82 signatory organisations.

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter highlights the importance of geodiversity to Scotland. Our rocks, landforms, sediments and soils, and on-going geological processes, contribute to the environment, the economy, to cultural heritage and to future development. When the Charter was drawn up in 2012, it was the first of its kind internationally. In the last five years, the Charter has inspired and contributed to many successful projects that have celebrated and promoted our amazing geodiversity, and many positive steps have been taken to protect and manage important sites.

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform contributed the foreword to the Charter. She said: “I am delighted to support the relaunch of this charter which celebrates Scotland’s dynamic geodiversity. Clearly the need to manage and adapt to the impact of climate change is becoming more and more crucial, and understanding natural processes, including the relationships between geodiversity and our wider ecosystems, is an important part of this.”

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter has been drawn up by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum, with support from Scottish Natural Heritage, the British Geological Survey among 82 signatory organisations representing a wide range of charities, local authorities, community groups and businesses from across Scotland.

Angus Miller, chair of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum said: “Geodiversity is about our environment, about how and where we live now, about the character of our landscapes, rural and urban areas, and about how we will cope with future changes brought by climate change. We are very pleased with the wide support for this renewed Charter, which demonstrates the growing appreciation of the importance of geodiversity to Scotland.”

Launch event at 10am, Thursday 16 November at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

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The 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology revealed!

Our big 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology project is coming to a close – check out the results at www.scottishgeology.com/best-places/. The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to encourage the public to engage with the best of Scotland’s geology. ‘Revealing the stories in the rocks: raising awareness of Scotland’s outstanding geoheritage’ is linked to the HLF ‘Stories, Stones and Bones’ programme, and in partnership with the ‘Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology’.

Part of the project has involved organising Scotland’s first Geoheritage Festival, which runs throughout October with more than 50 events throughout the country.

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Scotland’s Geoheritage Festival, October 2017

This October, the Scottish Geodiversity Forum is organising Scotland’s first Geoheritage Festival. The programme is now live at …

www.scottishgeology.com/geoheritage-festival/

More events will be added in the next few weeks, if you’re organising an event that celebrates Scotland’s geoheritage this autumn, please get in touch!

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Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter to be renewed for 2018-2023

The Scottish Geodiversity Forum has worked with partners to revise and update Scotland’s Geodiveristy Charter during 2017. Organisations are now invited to sign the renewed Charter by Friday 15 September 2017. This renewed Charter will then be launched at an important conference at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Thursday 16 November 2017 – this conference will celebrate what has already been achieved and encourage further activity.

Charter web page: further information about signing the Charter

Further information about the Charter launch and conference, 16 November 2017

Contact: Angus Miller, Chair – Scotsh Geodiversity Forum chair@scotshgeodiversityforum.org / 0131 555 5488

Forum AGM, Saturday 11 March 2017

mi-mainThe AGM of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum takes place this Saturday 11 March, 10.30 am at the Field Studies Centre, Millport. We’ll be reporting on last year’s varied activities, and electing a new committee.

After lunch, there will be a discussion workshop about our ‘Best Places’ project, Revealing the stories in the rocks: raising awareness of Scotland’s outstanding geoheritage. This is an opportunity to review the draft list of sites that have been proposed and to get involved in the next stage of the project – find out more.

All welcome, lunch included – please book in with Angus Miller if you are coming, email chair@scottishgeodiversityforum.org. The meeting will finish at about 3pm.

FSC Millport is easy to get to, you can catch the 10.15am ferry from Largs. (8:48 am train from Glasgow Central). Travel to FSC Millport.

Lottery funding secured for nationwide celebration of Scotland’s amazing Earth Heritage

The public will be encouraged to engage with the best of Scotland’s Earth Heritage during the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017, thanks to a new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

‘Revealing the stories in the rocks: raising awareness of Scotland’s outstanding geoheritage’ will promote fifty places across Scotland where people can experience the beauty and diversity of Scotland’s landscape while discovering the fascinating stories behind it. A Scotland wide Geoheritage Festival will take place in October 2017, incorporating a launch of the project resources at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Scotland’s geodiversity is world-class: shaped during some three billion years of our planet’s history by the movements of the Earth’s tectonic plates, mountain building, volcanism, ice ages, sea-level change and the processes of erosion and deposition. It is no coincidence that the science of Geology was born in Scotland, when the 18th century thinker James Hutton carried out pioneering research on the rocks around him and discovered that Earth was far far older than anyone had imagined.

Visitors flock to sites like Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Staffa for their beauty, but these places, and others less well known, can also tell us a lot about how our Earth has formed and changed over hundreds of millions of years. This project will ensure that the widest possible audience can enjoy this aspect of our shared Scottish heritage.

The project is being led by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum – a nationwide voluntary association of geological, educational and tourism groups – along with Scotland’s UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Angus Miller, Chair of the Forum said “it is time we started shouting about how great Scotland’s geoheritage is – there are incredible stories here that don’t just tell us about the past, but shape modern Scotland. This project will help tell these stories, and highlight Scotland’s geological gems to a local and international audience”

Laura Hamlet, Chair of the Scottish Geoparks Partnership said “Scotland has two UNESCO Global Geoparks and we are waiting to hear from UNESCO this year if we are about to gain a third. Global Geoparks are to our planet’s history what World Heritage Sites are to our cultural history. Our Scottish Geoparks cover 10% of the landmass of Scotland, this means that the United Nations scientific community believe that the stories we can learn about our planet in Scotland are important for the whole world! We aim to tell these stories and the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a fantastic opportunity to do just that.”

Commenting, Lucy Casot, Head of HLF in Scotland, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund is a key partner in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and it’s our ambition that people of all ages will have the chance to discover something new about the heritage they care about. We’re delighted that, thanks to funding from the National Lottery, the Scottish Geodiversity Forum will be opening the door to fun, learning and everlasting memories for many people as we celebrate this special year.”

Earthcache workshop, Saturday 4 Feb 2017

Earthcaches are a special kind of geocache, that set a geological challenge rather than having a physical cache to find. There are lots of Earthcaches in Scotland, and potential to create more and to publicise them as a way for people to engage with Scotland’s geodiversity: with the growing popularity of GPS-enabled smartphones it is easier than ever before to take part.

The Scottish Geodiversity Forum is organising an Earthcache workshop in Holyrood Park on Saturday 4 February, 10am-1pm. Meet at the Education Centre for an indoor discussion session – 1 Queen’s Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG,  followed by an excursion in the Park to explore potential Earthcaches.

The workshop is free to attend, places are limited to please book by emailing chair@scottishgeodiversityforum.org. Or get in touch if you can’t attend but would like to be kept informed of developments.