Bedfordshire Geology Group

The Bedfordshire Geology Group (BGG) was formed in 2004 by a group of enthusiastic amateur and professional geologists. We aim to encourage an understanding of the rocks and landforms of the county for the benefit of all. One of the main ways of doing this is by identifying and popularising Local Geological Sites which are of scientific and educational importance.

Objective 1 (Theme 1)

Foster research

  • GIS-based mapping
    Applying GIS-based mapping techniques to explore the relationships between landscapes, geology and soils in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. This is being followed up with fieldwork and geoscience research in collaboration with Cranfield and Cambridge universities.

Objective 3 (Theme 2)

Demonstrate relevance to sustainable development

  • Building stone study
    BGG have an undertaken a study of the building stones of Bedfordshire on behalf of English Heritage and identified a range of buildings that best illustrate how they have been used locally.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • Selection of Local Geological Sites
    BGG completed a county-wide audit of potential sites and selected 21 for designation as Local Geological Sites. This process is ongoing, reflecting the fact that sites may become unfit for purpose or may be replaced by others that are more useful.

  • Bedford Museum geology collection
    The entire geological collection at Bedford Museum has been catalogued in anticipation of a major refurbishment of the building. Material has been moved off-site and the BGG will be instrumental in creating new displays and archives when the Museum reopens in 2013.

Objective 6 (Theme 4)

Conserve through sites and areas

  • Local Geological Site notification
    Twenty-one Local Geological Sites have been notified to local authorities and interested parties.

Objective 7 (Theme 4)

Maintain and enhance through management

  • Site management plans
    A Site Management Plan has been written for the Potton Scout Hut Quarry (Lower Cretaceous Woburn Sandstone Formation) site.

  • SSSI site management plans
    BGG is working in collaboration with the Wildlife Trust to develop and implement management plans that enhance the geodiversity at three local SSSIs (Totternhoe Stone Pit, Biddenham Pit and Houghton Regis Quarry).

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • Information boards
    BGG and partners have erected several information boards at key Local Geological Sites.

  • Field trips
    BGG run regular field trips for members of the public to Local Geological Sites and other sites across the county.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • Educational material
    BGG have produced web-based educational material for five Local Geological Sites, as well as numerous information leaflets.

Objective 14 (Theme 6)

Encourage working together

  • Dunstable chalk downland
    BGG are working with the National Trust to improve access to rocks and soils on the chalk downland around Dunstable.