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Fossil collecting and geodiversity

UK fossil collecting codes (Geologists' Association):

The following page maintained by the Geological Society of London contains links to a number of fossil collecting codes. Fieldwork and specimen collecting codes of conduct

Governmental and statutory bodies:

The bodies listed below are involved in the management and protection of geological and palaeontological resources. Currently only UK bodies are listed, but we will expand this page to include other countries over time.

UK bodies:

UK-wide: The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

This governmental statutory advisory body works at the UK level to fulfill the obligations and commitments of the UK with respect to national and international laws and agreements on biodiversity and geodiversity. JNCC

JNCC has responsibilities for identifying, protecting and managing geological sites that are important for their fossil and/or mineral content or general geological interest under their Earth Heritage conservation remit. Earth Heritage

The following bodies are responsible for a range of nature conservation, geodiversity and access issues within their own area of the UK and all contribute to the work of the JNCC. All of the bodies have sections that address geodiversity.

Geoconservation and geodiversity bodies:

The bodies listed below represent a range of groups that vary in their scale and remit.

  • UK Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (UKRIGS). This website covers ~30 groups that work within relatively local areas to identify, promote and conserve geological and geomorphological sites. UKRIGS
  • The Geoconservation Commission of the Geological Society of London. This website acts as a forum for UK geoconservation groups and has links to international programmes on Earth Heritage. Geoconservation Commission
  • British Institute for Geological Conservation (BIGC). The BIGC was formed after the disbandment of the Geological Conservation Review (GCR) in 1987. The Institute has been co-ordinating the British activities in the IUGS Global GEOSITES Project. BIGC
  • Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage site. Jurassic Coast
  • European Geoparks site. This site lists European Geoparks and has links to the UNESCO global geoparks programme website. European Geoparks
  • PaleoParks Initiative of the International Paleontological Association (IPA). A global initiative to identify and preserve palaeontological sites for scientific, educational and recreational purposes. A website is under development for this initiative by Michael Cormak, at the University of Kansas: PaleoParks website and database. Professor Jere H. Lipps is coordinating work on this project. Please email him for further information
  • Virtual fieldtrips guide hosted by the Links for Palaeobotanists site. Virtual fieldtrips

Created by Al McGowan on the 2008-04-17. (Version 2.0)