Case Studies

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


A: Individuals and communities
UNESCO Global Geoparks
Hugh Miller – celebrating the legacy of Scotland’s great geologist, writer and social campaigner
Atlantic Islands Centre, Isle of Luing
Safeguarding Skye’s fossil heritage for research and tourism: Staffin Museum, Skye
Partnership working with local communities to develop geological trails
Witch Craig Wall Local Geodiversity Site
The Bedrock Walk – a journey through geological time (2013)
Geopark Shetland continues to build on Global Geopark status (2013)

Lang Craigs SSSI

B: Land owners and managers
Rottal Burn restoration
SNH Remedies Project
Logie Burn meanders
Lang Craigs SSSI, nr Dumbarton
Recording a temporary section through tills at Boyne Quarry GCR site, Banffshire

C: Industry and business
Lochaber Geopark: development of business opportunities
Scottish Carboniferous Research Park
Machrihanish Golf Course
Craigleith Quarry Local Geodiversity Site
Ravelrig Quarry, Kirknewton

Craigleith Quarry, EdinburghD: Local authorities, public agencies and Scottish government
Clyde Marine Partnership, integrating geology into marine planning
Designation of Local Geodiversity Sites in the Lothians
Case study: Clyde Urban Super Project (CUSP)
Inverarnie Esker Trail, Strath Nairn
Flood control, Braid Burn, Edinburgh
Geoconservation management plan at Rouken Glen, Giffnock (2015)
Refreshed interpretive facility at Knockan Crag NNR (2013)
A Geodiversity Audit of the City of Glasgow (2013)
East Dunbartonshire Geodiversity Audit (2010)
Edinburgh Local Biodiversity Action Plan (2010-2015)

E: Education, research and museums
Geobus: taking Earth Science education to schools across Scotland
ClimateXChange: assessing risks to geoheritage
Seabed geodiversity, Loch Broom and the Summer Isles
Moniaive GeoDial
Palynological study of the peat deposits in the Clyde-Muirshiel Regional Park
Higher Geology Student Conference & Parliamentary Reception