About Us

Cumbria GeoConservation Group (CGC) is a voluntary geological conservation group working to record and look after important geological sites.

Membership comprises not only earth scientists and members of wildlife bodies, but also volunteers with other skills such as project management and data handling. New members are always welcome.

The Cumbria GeoConservation Group is an affiliated member of Geoconservation UK and seeks to:

  • identify new Local Geological Sites in Cumbria

  • monitor and review existing sites

  • promote the educational value of earth science field locations not only for essential teaching but for recreational and for research purposes

  • liaise with other county or regional Geoconservation groups in the UK

  • maintain responsible access to valued sites

Currently there are about 280 recorded sites all of which have been evaluated by our members. Site details are logged with Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) and are relayed to Cumbria County Council and planning authorities. CGC operates as a special interest group of Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Examples of Local Geological Sites suitable for inclusion in the Cumbria GeoConservation system include:

  • rocks and soils exposed in quarries, cuttings, stream sections and coastal localities

  • geomorphological features in the landscape such as areas affected by past glaciation and subsequent deposition, ridges and valleys, moorland and floodplain tracts

  • anthropogenic features including former quarrying, mining, tipping and former industrial sites

The sites we have listed and that are shown on the interactive map are ones that are accessible without seeking permission, are on Open Access land or visible from public rights of way.  By their very nature some of these sites are in remote areas, open fellside or tidally-flooded shores: wear appropriate clothing and use common sense - safety is your responsibility.

Follow the Countryside Code:    Follow the Geological Society guidance

Those sites which we consider are particularly interesting to the general public are  shown as red dots on the map and for some of these sites there is a choice between a non-technical ‘leaflet’ (downloadable as a pdf) with further details, a map and a photograph or a ‘site data sheet’ with more geological information for the amateur geologist.

Fossil & mineral collecting code:

Please be aware that it is illegal in the UK to take minerals or fossils from national parks, heritage sites or Local Geological Sites (LGS). You should never collect specimens from scientifically important sites, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) or LGS.

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle keeps wildlife information for the county of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum, in its role as a local natural history museum, has collected and disseminated records of wildlife in Cumbria since its inception in 1893. From the early 1990s the Museum has developed a computerised database of species and habitat records in Cumbria and has taken the central role in providing a local biodiversity data service for the county. This role was restyled as Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) in 2010, a not-for-profit organisation hosted by Tullie House Museum and advised by local stakeholders.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, April 1st, 2024 at 1:30am
The Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) team have launched a new survey aiming to get the public’s thoughts on nature in Cumbria.

Tell them what nature means to you, why it is important and what you think should be done to help nature in Cumbria.

Take the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJH6WLC
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, March 29th, 2024 at 11:25pm
CBDC has a new blog site! We already have a few contributions of Cumbrian recorders and those working with or interested in biodiversity in Cumbria:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/blogs/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 28th, 2024 at 10:09pm
More things to do in Cumbria this weekend....
Visit the Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth to see the wonderful new wildlife exhibition! Features exhibits from @TullieCarlisle...
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/lake-district/wordsworth-house-and-garden
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 28th, 2024 at 10:25am
Out and about this weekend? Why not record what animals and plants you see with an app or the CBDC spreadsheet? Then send to us and help with biodiversity decision making across the county!
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/recording-wildlife/
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, March 14th, 2024 at 6:37am
#CumbriaWildWatch on last night's ITV News Lookaround! Watch from ~13mins in:
https://www.itv.com/watch/news/catch-up-on-itv-news-lookaround-from-wednesday-13th-march/47tff6g via @ITVX
Filmed in the glorious @TullieCarlisle garden with @cumbriainbloom....
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, March 11th, 2024 at 3:42am
Cumbria Wild Watch is coming this summer!
Join us 27-30 June 2024 to record Cumbrian wildlife - anywhere in Cumbria. We're putting resources together to support your wildlife recording adventure - visit our website for more information and to register your interest:
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/get-involved/cumbria-wild-watch/