Geodiversity, geoheritage and geotourism

Launch of the Scottish Geodiversity Charter at the Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Salisbury Crags with Edinburgh Castle in the background.

The BGS have recently worked in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on the strategic assessment of the value and state of Scotland's geodiversity to help develop the basis for a national policy framework on geodiversity.

We also collaborate with local authorities, national parks, geoparks and third sector bodies in raising awareness of Scotland's geological heritage.

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter launch

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, launched Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter in Edinburgh on 6 June 2012. Download the Press Release.

The charter recognises Scotland’s geodiversity as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainable development, to be safeguarded and managed appropriately for this and future generations.

For its size, Scotland has an outstanding geodiversity — our rocks, landforms, soils and natural processes reflect some three billion years of the Earth’s existence.

Scotland’s geodiversity is the vital bedrock of life, providing essential benefits for society through its profound influence on landscape, habitats and species, the economy, historical and cultural heritage, education, health and well-being.

We live in a dynamic environment where climate change may see greater risk from flooding, rising sea levels, coastal erosion and landslides. Understanding these natural processes is a vital part of enabling us to successfully manage and adapt to change.

The Charter summarises the importance and value of Scotland’s geodiversity, highlights the need for action, and presents a shared vision for Scotland’s geodiversity. It provides guidance to the various sectors on what needs to be done to achieve this vision.

The Charter is the work of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum, with support from the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and GeoConservationUK.

The Charter was revised in April 2013.

Organisations that have agreed to support Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter

  • Border Geo-Science
  • Botanical Society of Scotland
  • British Geological Survey
  • Cairngorms National Parks Authority
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • East Dunbartonshire Council
  • Edinburgh Geological Society
  • GeoBus
  • GeoConservation UK
  • GeoD (Geodiversity Dumfries & Galloway)
  • Geodiversity: Argyll & Islands
  • geoHeritage Fife
  • Geological Society of Glasgow
  • Geopark Shetland
  • Geovertical
  • Geowalks
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Glenmore Lodge National Outdoor Training Centre
  • Highland Geological Society
  • John Muir Trust
  • Kindrogan Field Centre (Field Studies Council)
  • Lochaber district U3A
  • Lochaber Geopark
  • Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority
  • Lothian and Borders GeoConservation
  • Mineral Products Association Scotland
  • Mountain Training Scotland
  • Mr Wood’s Fossils
  • North West Highlands Geopark
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Perth and Kinross Council
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • Scottish Earth Science Education Forum
  • Scottish Land and Estates
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Shetland Geotours
  • Stirling & Clackmannan RIGS
  • Strathclyde Geoconservation
  • Tayside Biodiversity Partnership
  • Tayside Geodiversity
  • The Geological Society
  • The Highland Council
  • West Lothian Council
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh


Contact Hugh Barron for more information.