geodiversity

Quarries are important to the UK’s uniquely diverse geological heritage because they afford important opportunities to study and enjoy geology that is otherwise possible only around our coastline.

Some 2,300 sites in Britain have, since 1949, been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest on account of their geological interest – and no fewer than 500 of them were exposed by quarrying. By revealing the story of our past, geology also helps scientists to predict and prepare for the future.

MPA members are encouraged to consider (subject to health and safety implications) what prospects there may be for active geological conservation which enables enthusiasts to visit their sites on a controlled basis.

Aspiration:
To continue to work with Natural England and local geo-conservation groups to raise the profile of geodiversity and to make quarry sites available as earth science resources. To seek to increase the contribution of the minerals industry to geodiversity action plans.