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:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code/the-countryside-code

Follow the Geological Society guidance

https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/FieldResources

Those sites which we consider are particularly interesting to the general public are  shown as green 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.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 7:19pm
The Waxcap
So called due to their waxy and sometimes slimy appearance. They appear in late autumn on unimproved grassland. Unimproved grassland is just that areas that have not been fertilised or had biocides added this can include rough pastures and some lawns such as graveyards https://t.co/IB7Tb9QDyt
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Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 9:56pm
April doing her thing! https://t.co/wsH2BDW9CP
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April Windle @aprilwindle
How many lichenologists does it take to open a gate? This many apparently, especially when situated in Naddle Forest supporting beautiful communities like this! #Haweswater #LakeDistrict #Cumbria https://t.co/shyApNP8wG
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 3:21am
A huge thank you to all that attended The Recorders Conference 2018! What a fantastic day with many great talks about recording in Cumbria and different projects from all over the country. See you all again next year!
#reccon18 https://t.co/E8E45AY11v
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Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:25pm
If you have popped into Tullie House recently you may have seen the Woodrow Wilson exhibit. Where the Cumbrian Biodiversity Data Centre gets a shout out as the oldest biological records centre! https://t.co/18NUYvnR5C CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10:13pm
Exciting news! North West England now has a @AFONature group. If your under the age of 30, live in the NW and love #nature then this is the perfect opportunity for you! PLEASE share far and wide https://t.co/wuCZ02L28U #AFON https://t.co/Q1IZgp9Ocx CumbriaBDC photo