Every year, in addition to the review of LGS sites, we (CGC) get involved in or lead other Cumbrian geology conservation  projects.

2023 - 2024

Geoweek 2023 is celebrated in May 27th - June 4th. Although the group did not organise any additional activities this year. The walks and geotrails that we publish are available on the National Geoweek website. 

This is the last year of the Westmorland Dales Heritage Project and more geotrails and LGS site Factsheets have been produced. CGC promoted the local geology at the Open Day in Kirkby Stephen. A survey took place of the rocks at Long Meg standing stones.

The new Geodiversity Statement and Action Plan was produced and distributed to various agencies and interested bodies. The production of the report was only possible with the income that the group received from Natural England, when we took part in SSSI condition surveys.  These funds will also be used to enhance the public information for various geological sites and hopefully to encourage interest in Cumbrian geology.

Geological survey at Long Meg standing stones in June 2023.
Kiln Bank bridge lgs
CGC review visit to Kiln Bank near Ulpha just near the bridge. Search for Kiln Bank on the map.

2022 - 2023

GeoDiversity is an important part of Nature Recovery. CGC reviewed its GeoDiversity statement, promoted International GeoDiversity Day on 6th October with Westmorland Dales and a member wrote an article for the Friends of The Lake District Magazine "Geology and Conservation.." See Earth Heritage EH57 article by Natural England.

Geoweek 2022 May 7 - 15th:  Co-ordinated in Cumbria this year, by the geology team at Tullie House Museum Carlisle and Nationally by University Geoscience UK. Cumbria hosted a wide range of Geoweek events this year, many led and organised by Cumbria Geoconservation and other local groups.

Westmorland Dales project produced 3 new geology walks and CGC volunteers promoted the local geology at Kirkby Stephen in the summer.

Geoweek 2022
Geoweek May 2022
Kirkby Stephen 2022
Westmorland Dales: Kirkby Stephen. July 2022
LGS reviews: Wasdale 2022
LGS site reviews: Wasdale July 2022

2021 - 2022

BGS promoted GeoWeek 2021 nationally, including online events, although this year no specific Cumbrian events were organised due to the pandemic.

However the group have been busy reviewing sites that might not have been visited for some time and working with Westmorland Dales on various geotrails.

2020 - 2021

Although GeoWeek was cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic, the draft programme had expanded and has rolled over to 2021. The group was invloved in undertaking some reviews of geological SSSIs for Natural England, and The Westmoralnd Dales Heritage Lottery geology project made signicant progress with 13 new LGS approved, many on publically accessible land. Further work involves new geotrails and web information.

2019 - 2020

GeoWeek 2019: Various events took place all over Cumbria in May 2019. Thank you to Westmorland & Cumberland Geological Societies, Arnside & Silverdale AONB; Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society; Kendal Museum; Tullie House Museum Carlisle; and the many volunteer event leaders.

Radio Cumbria did a spectacular 3 hour session on geology with Geocons Chair John Lackie and Cumberland Geological Society President John Rogers.


Geocaching for Families at Trowbarrow.


Rocks of the Auld Grey Town (Kendal)


Fire and Ice Borrowdale.


Information Board Project at Brown Howe Quarry: Awarding of Certificate of Excellence by the Curry Fund Geologists Association, June 2019.

Certificate of Merit for Cumbria GeoConservation 2019

Geologists Dr Haydon Bailey and Dr Nicholas Pierpoint, President of the Geologists’ Association (GA) of London travelled north to present an Award of Excellence to Cumbria GeoConservation, for their geology project at Brown Howe quarry, Blawith, near Coniston.  An interpretation board clearly explains the geological background to the quarry which once worked a pink rock which appears to be an offshoot from the Shap granite. The board would not have been possible without a generous donation from the GA Curry Fund.  Dr Bailey, Chair of that fund, said that the Cumbria GeoConservation Brown Howe geology project was top of the list of projects that they had funded in 2018. He presented the Certificate to Dr John Lackie, Chair of Cumbria GeoConservation. The certificate will be placed at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust HQ at Plumgarths.


Certificate. Now displayed at Cumbria Wildlife Trust headquarters at Plumgarth.


Award presentation, Dr Haydon Bailey, right presents the certificate to  Dr John Lackie, left.

Brown Howe information board.
Eycott Hill LGS. Explanation of the geology by John Rodgers from Cumberland Geological Society.
CGC visited Sandside Quarry 2018
CGC with Marshalls unveiled the information boards at Birkhams Quarry 2017
CGC visited Storth and related LGS sites 2019

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 CentreThursday, November 2nd, 2023 at 1:18am
Our latest newsletter is now out! In it, you'll find: Cumbria Recorders' Conference update and booking, taxon group review volunteers sought, and much more. Access it from our website:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreSunday, October 15th, 2023 at 8:53pm
Hospice at Home needs your help in making wreaths. Any farmers, etc out there that would like a holly bush trimmed for free please see the link below.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreFriday, September 29th, 2023 at 10:21pm
Our latest newsletter has been published today! Thanks to all who contributed content and images, including this great image from Chris Arthur.
You can sign up to receive the monthly newsletter at our website or visit the newsletter page to view there:
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, September 28th, 2023 at 11:12pm
Everyone can do something for nature and it need not take too much time. When you are out and about this weekend, record what nature you see (trees, other plants, birds, mammals, inverts, fungi), where and when - then send to your local records centre. For Cumbria - that's us!

#StateOfNature #MakingDataWorkForNature #RestoreNatureNow
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreMonday, September 18th, 2023 at 1:04am
Great to see the results of the #BigButterflyCount. Just from personal observation, there seem to have been lots of butterflies this year - including this week on this Hylotelephium!

A reminder that if you have news for the CBDC newsletter, please send in by 26th September and share across the Cumbria wildlife recording community.
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Cumbria Biodiversity Data CentreThursday, August 31st, 2023 at 3:37am
Calling all #ecologists, #planners, #developers - anyone involved in #ecologicalimpactassessments:
If you have surveyed wildlife in #cumbria, did you know that you can share your survey results with us to help inform others across the county? Make the most of your data!