Forum AGM & Workshop Sat 30 January

Our AGM will be at 1.30pm on Saturday 30 January at the Royal George Hotel in Perth, followed by a workshop at 2pm. Lunch is also available from 12.30pm at the hotel. Please book!

salisburycragsWorkshop:  the best places to see Scotland’s geology

Scotland has some of the best geology in the world, and we need to do more to promote it and help make information available for visitors, so that our geological heritage is better appreciated and valued.

This informal workshop will:
1. decide on the criteria for identifying the best places to see Scotland’s geology (including landscapes, geomorphology sites, museums, etc),
2. draw up a provisional list of 50-80 sites with a good geographical spread, that give a good coverage of all the different aspects of Scotland’s geodiversity,
3. write / edit brief descriptions of sites with sources of further information,
4. decide on how these sites should be promoted.

The workshop is free to attend, and is open to members of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and anyone else who is interested.

Arran GeoFest 18-20 March 2016

We’re organising the Arran GeoFest 18-20 March 2016. Something for everyone: Walks, talks, a sea kayak journey, kids activities. Save the date and get ready for a billion-year journey across the planet!

Further information at

Partners include VisitArran, National Trust of Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, University of Edinburgh, Arran Outdoor Education Centre, Hunterian Museum University of Glasgow and the Geological Society of Glasgow.

Geology & tourism

Wow, that was a hugely successful and energising sharing good practice event yesterday, 70-odd people buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas as to how we can do more to develop understanding of the landscape and enrich the visitor experience.

Big thanks to the many organisations and people involved in making it work so well – Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Tour Guides Assoc (and all the wonderful blue badge guides), Visit Scotland, Geoparks, British Geological Survey, Hermione from Dynamic Earth and all the other individuals who contributed talks and workshops.

Certainly the Forum comes away from the day with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm, which we hope will carry forward to important meetings today with the Scottish Government and the Geoparks ….

And there is definitely a desire to do more, to build on what is already happening and to make sure we bridge the gap between the complicated geological story and the people on the ground who have enthusiasm and talent to tell it. There is much that we can do together!

A world-class visitor attraction – Scotland’s Landscape, fashioned by geology: Wed 25 November 2015

DSCF4877Wednesday 25 November 10am-4pm at Battleby, near Perth.

Scotland’s Geodiversity is a world-class resource and has huge potential to enrich the visitor experience and encourage more visits. This event will explore what’s currently on offer, and how the sector might develop and expand.

This event will encourage partners to get involved in implementing Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter, and highlight the economic benefits of a greater awareness of geodiversity.

Who is it for?
Anyone involved in sharing Scotland’s landscape with visitors, in particular those who deliver tourism services such as: Blue Badge guides; bus and other tour operators; wilderness-ecotourism experience providers; rangers; visitor centre, tourism business and property managers; and those involved in offering outdoor pursuits.

Flyer -A world-class visitor attraction, 25 Nov 2015

Booking form – A world-class visitor attraction, 25 Nov 2015

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

There are few things more interesting in geological science than those snatches of human history, or those peculiarities of human condition, which we find associated necessarily often, but usually unexpectedly, with certain formations of rocks.’ Hugh Miller

The Scottish Geodiversity Forum, the Isle of Luing Community Trust and the Friends of Hugh Miller, will mark the launch of the new Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing, by chartering the sailing boat Leader in June 2015. The project, builds on a recent initiative entitled Hugh Miller & The Cruise of the Betsey ( run by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Friends of the Hugh Miller and the Scottish Geodiversity Forum in 2014. There’s a short film about the 2014 journey at

The new Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing, celebrates the rich history, geodiversity and biodiversity of the Argyll islands. A major focus is the relationship between people and place, including how the underlying geology of these remarkable islands has shaped people’s lives over the millennia. 

For our journey in 2015, we have recruited an intergenerational and interdisciplinary team of fifteen people (aged 21 -76), to follow the ancient sea routes taken by travelers over the ages around Argyll’s Atlantic Islands. Three places for young Earth scientists are being supported by the Glasgow and Edinburgh Geological Societies. The voyage, which begins from Oban on the 20th June, will take the form of a mobile conference during which participants will have opportunities to broaden and deepen their appreciation of the Argyll islands geodiversity, but also to gain new and probably unexpected perspectives on the geology, landscape and people of this beautiful sea-bound realm.

Ethical Rock Collection Policy

10959295_1574240776150198_475844452133357644_nThe Scottish Geodiversity Forum has published an Ethical Rock Collection policy for Scotland, which highlights that collection of rock samples should be conducted in a way that preserves the aesthetic qualities of rock exposures, does not damage or destroy their geoheritage value for future generations and complies with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, the Scottish Fossil Code, and the Scottish Core Code. This Ethical Rock Collection Policy has the support of all key agencies and university departments within Scotland. This policy is part of our work to promote the value of geodiversity as highlighted by Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter. The new policy is supported by the Rock Damage Scotland facebook page, which seeks to highlight good and bad examples of ethical rock collection and encourage discussion. We hope this policy will play a part in supporting efforts by academic publishers, instigated by the Geological Society of London, to require authors of scientific papers to state that all rock materials have been collected ethically.

The policy is available at

Comments and questions are welcome, and can be directed to Angus Miller,

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.