Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter to be renewed for 2017-2022

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.

See the Charter web page for further information

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.

New project: Scotland’s outstanding geoheritage

The Scottish Geodiversity Forum are planning a new project: Revealing the stories in the rocks: raising awareness of Scotland’s outstanding geoheritage that will promote 50 places where the general public can engage with the best of Scotland’s geological heritage. The project will be delivered in partnership with Scotland’s Geoparks and other partner organisations, and is fully funded. We will prepare new material on the the best places to see Scotland’s geoheritage and organise a national geoheritage festival in October 2017.

We are appointing a freelance Project Manager for this project, details below. The deadline for applications for this contract is Monday 9 January 2017.

Geoheritage Project 2017 – Project Manager contract

Saturday 29 October, 10am: Local geoconservation workshop

dscf5898An informal, outdoor workshop exploring a Local Geodiversity Site in Edinburgh, discussing issues around conservation and education, and sharing best practice in recording site details.

We’d appreciate input from participants, particularly experience in monitoring existing Local Geodiversity Sites, and examples of methods and forms used.

Programme

10 for 10.30am Gather at Morningside Library, 184-186 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4PU.

10.30am Presentation and discussion on Local Geodiversity Sites, the process of recording, designating and monitoring them, and use for education. Led by Angus Miller and Al McGowan, Lothian and Borders GeoConservation.

11.30am Field trip to Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Geodiversity Site, including the important historical site of Aggasiz’ Rock.

1pm Finish

Please contact Angus Miller <chair@scottishgeodiversityforum.org> if you would like to attend this event. We are grateful for the support of Scottish Natural Heritage in organising this event.

UK-wide Geoconservation Annual Gathering, Edinburgh Friday 28 October 2016

Local geosites for people & conservation

Across the UK there are thousands of Local Geodiversity Sites (LGS), important places that conserve and celebrate local geodiversity. These are places that are often valued and well-used by people, where we can find out about the geological history of our area, and how this influences nature, land use, building style and the ‘sense of place’ that all local communities have.

Local sites across the UK are labelled in different ways and progress towards networks of designated sites is patchy across the country. Some areas have hundreds of sites that are designated, monitored and celebrated by active geoconservation groups, but in other places awareness of the importance of local sites is non-existent.

The UK’s Geoconservation Annual Gathering comes to Edinburgh this October, with a focus on local, practical geoconservation. This is a great opportunity to

  • find out more about the value of local sites;

  • explore case studies including Geodiversity Audits and how Local Authorities in Scotland are designating Local Geodiversity Sites;

  • network with the people and organisations, including local voluntary groups, who are involved in identifying, monitoring and celebrating the value of local sites.

The meeting is organised by the Geological Society of London’s Geoconservation Committee and the Scottish Geodiversity Forum. We hope it will encourage more activity in Scotland and wider involvement of the geological community.

Further information and booking: www.geolsoc.org.uk/Geoconservation-Annual-Gathering-2016