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Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT)
In addition to the RIGS network, RSWT supports or manages a number of other funds, groups and projects, including The Hanson Environment Fund, Biffaward, Wildlife Watch, The Wildlife Trusts UK National Office, The Urban Wildlife Partnership and Rockwatch - the UK's only club for budding young geologists.
National Stone Centre
Telling the story of stone - history, science, technology, art and environment in the middle of the Derbyshire Dales.
Hanson Environment Fund
The Hanson Environment Fund, created from Hanson PLC's landfill tax credits, supports projects and programmes which benefit the environment.
Natural England
Natural England leads on Earth heritage conservation in England with approximately 1300 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in England which have been selected for their internationally important Earth science interest.
Shell UK
The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies - usually known as Shell - has grown out of an alliance made in 1907 between Royal Dutch Petroleum Company in the Netherlands and the "Shell" Transport and Trading Company in the UK. Today the Group has five core businesses: Exploration & Production, Oil Products, Chemicals , Gas & Power Generation, and Renewables.
Earth Science Teachers Association (ESTA)
ESTA aims to encourage and support the teachings of Earth sciences whether as a single subject such as geology or as part of science or geography courses. It is representative of teachers at all levels, from primary to higher education, with a particularly strong emphasis on GCSE and A level, and there is a committee dealing with fieldwork matters.

Statutory Agencies

Natural England (NE)
Natural England leads on Earth heritage conservation in England with approximately 1300 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in England which have been selected for their internationally important Earth science interest.
Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
One of the statutory nature conservation agencies which provides access to the UK government and promotes and enhances the conservation of wildlife and 'natural features'. The agencies are supported by Government grants and are helped in their work by a wide variety of people and organisations involved in nature conservation.
Dept. for the Environment, Transport and Regions
DETR spends around £13 billion in pursuit of its policy objectives and by 2001/02 this figure is planned to rise to nearly £15.5 billion. Of the present expenditure, some £7 billion will be spent on housing and regeneration, more than £4.5 billion on transport, around £350 million on environment protection and energy efficiency, £130 million on the countryside and £180 million on health and safety. Much of this money is channeled through the Department's agencies and sponsored bodies, and through capital allocations to local authorities.
English Heritage (HBMC)
English Heritage is the statutory agency responsible for the preservation of historic buildings and ancient monuments in England. Areas in which English Heritage and RIGS combine include Quaternary ('ice-age') deposits in caves, river gravels and inter-tidal zones, where human activities interface with geological and palaeoenvironmental evidence.
Environment and Heritage Survey (N. Ireland)
One of the statutory nature conservation agencies which provides access to the UK government and promotes and enhances the conservation of wildlife and 'natural features'. The agencies are supported by Government grants and are helped in their work by a wide variety of people and organisations involved in nature conservation.
Environment Agency
In England and Wales, the Environment Agency combines the functions of the old National Rivers Authority (NRA), Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) and the Waste Regulatory Authorities. It has major responsibilities for management and regulation of the water environment and for controlling industrial pollution and waste.
Ordnance Survey
The primary contact for mapping in the UK.
Scottish Natural Heritage
The statutory agency covering Scotland.

Geological Organisations

The Geologists' Association
The contribution of the Geologists' Association to Earth heritage lies in two main areas. First there is an unrivalled connection with the regional geological societies and natural history clubs throughout Britain. Second, is the ability to assist financially in conservation projects through its Curry Fund: a committee reviews applications, makes awards, and passes on advice.
The Geological Society of London
The Geological Society was founded in 1807 and is the oldest geological society in the world. It has more than 9000 members worldwide and is both a learned society and a professional body, offering Chartered Geologist status to appropriately qualified fellows.
Geological Curators' Group
The Geological Curators' Group was founded in 1974 to improve the standard of geological curation, displays and information in public museums and other institutes. The group is dedicated to better care, maintenance and use of geological collections.
British Geological Survey (BGS)
The BGS is the world's oldest geological survey. It is a world leader in many areas of geoscience and is the UK's national centre for Earth science information. You can look at BGS's lexicons to find up-to-date information on geology across the British Isles.
US Geological Survey
The homepage of the US Geological Society provides access to all levels of expertise and from all sectors.
West's Geology Directory
A large directory of Internet links on geology and Earth science topics, produced by Ian West at Southampton University.
SAVE
Established in 1975 to campaign publicly for endangered buildings.
Planning
Planning is the only UK weekly news magazine for everyone concerned with planning and its impact on the natural and built environment.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
JNCC publishes a wide range of information on UK and international nature conservation issues.
Rockwatch
Rockwatch is the UK's leading club for young people interested in the Earth, rocks, fossils and minerals. Since it was officially launched by television naturalist Sir David Attenborough in 1991 the club has helped thousands of young people from all over the country pursue an interest in geology.
North Eastern Geological Society
The society was formed in 1971 by a number of people who had attended Durham University and WEA Adult Education classes on various aspects of geology and landscape, and who wished to pursue their interests beyond the class programmes.
Open University Geological Society
The OUGS is the third largest professional or amateur geological organisation in the United Kingdom. It is certainly the largest student geological society and while size, as they say, isn't everything, we find that within the society there is a pool of expertise. This pool consists of members who have been with the society since it was conceived 25 years ago, through to people who are joining for the first time. If you think that in being new to geology means that you don't have expertise, then please think again. Almost certainly you know a rock exposure that no one else in the society knows in as much detail. And you are not excluded if you live in a town; shop fronts and buildings are as interesting as rocks high on the Scottish mountains and mostly more accessible.They're probably better exposed since they've been cut and polished.
Geological Sites in Northern Ireland
The Earth Science Conservation Review of Northern Ireland's geology - hosted by the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland and Environment and Heritage Service.
Earthworks
Earthworks is a world leading portal of research, technical and professional jobs and career opportunities in geoscience, petroleum geoscience, ecology, conservation, biodiversity, forestry, plant sciences, meteorology, noise/air pollution, climate/ climate change, atmospheric sciences, geotechnical engineering, limnology, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental sciences, sustainable development, marine sciences, oceanography, geography, archaeology, agricultural sciences, soil science, remote sensing, GIS, geomatics, geocomputing, seismology, infrasound, geodesy, renewables, power utilities, oil & gas and mining sectors.

Guidance Notes

Local Sites Guidance on their identification, ...
Defra has produced guidance intended to promote more transparent and consistent approaches in the operation of Local Sites systems across the country, embracing regional and local diversity and variation within the natural environment. It outlines the purposes of Local Sites systems and proposes frameworks, standards and roles for their operation as well as for the selection, protection and management of the sites themselves.

Local Geodiversity Action Plans

Other Links

BBC Education
"We aim to be the world's most creative and trusted broadcaster and programme maker, seeking to satisfy all our audiences in the UK with services that inform, educate and entertain and that enrich their lives in ways that the market alone will not..."
Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) is a charity, founded in 1926, which seeks to protect Scotland's countryside and promote ideas for its care and improvement by means of constructive proposals, careful research and active involvement in the maintenance of our landscape features. Membership is open to all.
Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
Helps the conservation and enhancement of the landscape, environment and amenities of the countryside, towns and villages of rural Wales. They recognise the importance of the indigenous cultures of rural Wales, produce advice and information upon matters affecting protection, conservation and improvement of the visual environment.
Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE)
CPRE is a national charity which helps people to protect their local countryside where there is threat, to enhance it where there is opportunity, and to keep it beautiful, productive and enjoyable for everyone. We work for a beautiful and living countryside on behalf of present and future generations, and for the more sustainable use of land and other resources in town and country.
Formed in 1926 there are now 43 county branches and 200 local groups backed by an influential national office in Westminster, CPRE is a powerful combination of effective local action and strong national campaigning, using established procedures and processes.
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)
BTCV is a national organisation which deals with a variety of voluntary issues including working with volunteers in the field, health and safety legislation regarding volunteers, first aid, risk assessment and training. Groups affiliated to BTCV can benefit from a range of services including insurance, access to field staff for advice, occasional use of equipment, training and information.
Volunteering England
Volunteering England works to promote volunteering as a powerful force for change, both for those who volunteer and for the wider community.
Countryside Agency
The Countryside Agency is an independent statutory agency that seeks to protect the English countryside so that it can be used and enjoyed, now and in the future. Like its sister agency, English Nature, it is supported by Government grants. Together these two agencies offer the full range of services provided elsewhere in Britain by Scottish Natural Heritage and Countryside Council for Wales.
Council for National Parks
The Council for National Parks is the national charity that works to protect and enhance the National Parks of England and Wales, and areas that merit National Park status and promote understanding and quiet enjoyment of them for the benefit of all.
You can help protect the National Parks by joining the Friends of National Parks.
Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO)
MIRO is an industry funded research and information organisation that specialises in assisting member organisations to locate, develop and transfer innovative technology.
MIRO serves companies which operate in and supply the following sectors: Exploration; Mining; Mineral Processing; Metal & Mineral Production; Refining & Environmental Impact
Natural History Museum (NHM)
By the mid-nineteenth century the natural history collections of the British Museum had outgrown the cramped and damp conditions they were then housed in, a new museum was commissioned to provide appropriate accommodation for them. The now famous Natural History Museum building in South Kensington, designed by Alfred Waterhouse, was completed and the collections re-housed in 1881. In 1963 the British Museum (Natural History) became independent with its own trustees, and its name changed later to The Natural History Museum. Today the Museum's collections, gathered from across the globe, represent more than 300 years of scientific collecting and study. They are of inestimable importance to research as varied and far reaching as the study of global climate change and the development of new materials technologies. This wonderful and unique legacy is reflected in the Museum's mission.
National Trust
A high proportion of National Trust sites are of geological significance.
Wild About Britain
Wild About Britain is a UK registered charity and home to hundreds of thousands of pages on British wildlife, the environment and the great outdoors.

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