GCR Sites and SSSIs :

Cumbria has 151 National Geological Conservation Review (GCR) sites. These sites were assessed as being of National importance by JNCC by 1990. Most of these sites were then designated as SSSI Geological or Mixed to give them National protection. Few are actively managed and so CGC believes it’s important that more people know about these sites and report any site issues direct to Natural England.

The Interactive Map shows these sites as blue dots when you check the box.

For more information see DEFRA JNCC 

Some GCR sites are our 5 star LGS sites and a few overlap with our LGS sites


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Jeffries Mount Tebay road cuttings GCR 2259 (Caledonian Structures) and LGS 7.171

Limestone Pavement Orders

Many of the pavements in Cumbria are now protected by an LPO. Many are also covered by GCR status and some of overlap with our LGS sites.

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Great Asby limetsone pavement. GCR 1113 (Karst) Photo by Peter Standing

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 6:59pm
Wood anemones and early dog violets out by the river Wear in Durham now - getting outside and looking for signs of spring at this surreal time seems like the best #NaturalHealthService @BSBIbotany https://t.co/l2KoNthcz8 CumbriaBDC photo
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:56pm
Following the closure of Tullie House tomorrow CBDC will continue to operate by staff working from home and via email. All face to face meetings and training courses have been cancelled up to end of April. Keep safe and well.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:52pm
3. This decision was not taken lightly & was done in conjunction with partners & stakeholders. With the health of our community uppermost in our minds we feel closing is the safest option. We look forward to reopening with our programme of exhibitions & events as soon as possible
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:52pm
2. On Wednesday 18th March all galleries will be closed. From Thursday 19th March the entire building and grounds will be closed to the public. Decisions about eventual reopening will be made in accordance with the latest government guidance.