Special guest editorial by Tim Holt-Wilson
‘Geodiversity: Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature’ by Murray Gray (Wiley; 2004) – the seminal reference book.
Natural Foundations: Geodiversity for People, Places and Nature by H Stace and J Larwood (English Nature; 2006) – a useful and attractive overview of integrated thinking on geodiversity. Available as a PDF download or free from Natural England’s publications dept. (code CORP.21)
Introductory UK web pages on geodiversity, its conservation and management:
- Countryside Council for Wales: http://www.ccw.gov.uk/landscape–wildlife/geological-gems/geoconservation.aspx/.
- Natural England: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/geodiversity/default.aspx/.
- Northern Ireland Environment Agency: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/land-home.htm/.
- Scottish Natural Heritage: http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/safeguarding-geodiversity/.
Geological conservation: a Guide to Good Practice by C Prosser, M Murphy and J Larwood (English Nature; 2006). Available from Natural England website: http://naturalengland.etraderstores.com/NaturalEnglandShop/product.aspx?ProductID=712db525-75de-4079-862e-5b654546ea56/.
Local Geodiversity Action Plans – Setting the context for geological conservation by C Burek and J Potter (Research Report 560; English Nature, 2006). Available as a PDF download: http://www.mineralsandnature.org.uk/downloads/localgeodiversity.pdf
The Earth Science Conservation Classification System – see Natural England’s pages explaining the theoretical framework for conserving the different types of geodiversity sites: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/geodiversity/protectandmanage/conservation.aspx/.
The Geological Conservation Review – an online guide to the JNCC’s review of the most important geological and geomorphological sites in England, Scotland and Wales. http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-2947/.
The Earth Science Conservation Review of geological sites in Northern Ireland – http://www.habitas.org.uk/escr/.
UK Geodiversity Action Plan (UKGAP): A Framework for Action’ – see the draft document of the national Geodiversity Action Plan (available Dec 2010): http://www.ukgap.org.uk/.
GeoConservation UK – see the home-page for the RIGS conservation scheme: http://wiki.geoconservationuk.org.uk/index.php5?title=Main_Page/.
Geoconservation in planning
Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance for Nature Conservation – Geodiversity and Development in the United Kingdom (UKRIGS Geoconservation Association; undated) – A code of practice for early consultation. Available as a PDF download:
Local Sites. Guidance on their Identification, Selection and Management (DEFRA; 2006) – information about conserving geodiversity and biodiversity through non-statutory designated sites. Available as a PDF download:
Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation (ODPM, 2005). Available as a PDF download: http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planning/planningpolicyguidance/historicenvironment/pps9/
Planning for Biodiversity and Geological Conservation: A Guide to Good Practice (DEFRA; 2006) – the guide associated with PPS9. Available as a PDF download: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/planningbiodiversity