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, March 5th, 2019 at 10:53pm
Come & capture the woodland wonders of the #LakeDistrict at our FREE Plantlife Photography Event this Wednesday in Borrowdale, #NationalTrust. Still a few places left! #lichens #bryophytes #wildlifephotography #Cumbria https://t.co/yRo4Lg9BaM CumbriaBDC photo
Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 1:40am
South West Scotland Environment Information Centre, is hosting a conference in march for people with a general interested in recording and wildlife. Set to be a fantastic day full of great talks. To book your place follow the link below.
https://t.co/EaZvzYE07r
Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 1:32am
Physconia distorta (wet), such a smart #lichen with those tidy lobules overlapping in the centre of the thallus. This specimen in particular showcases the lobate margins of the apothecia, with a coating of white pruina on the discs #lobeseverywhere #LakeDistrict #Cumbria https://t.co/LhFNikapBO CumbriaBDC photo
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 10:00pm
Very exited to see the Ernest Blezard cases out on display again! https://t.co/jsLHae5c6U
CumbriaBDC photo
Tullie House @TullieHouse
Exciting stuff as the famous Ernest Blezard habitat bird cases are installed for #Tullie125 #exhibition. Here red kite, southern puffins, kestrel chicks, merlins shown. Recreating the fondly remembered bird room atmosphere of older times. https://t.co/0EPsd4Mj3S