Edinburgh Geological Society

The Edinburgh Geological Society, founded in 1834, organises public lectures in winter, an excursion programme in summer and publishes books, leaflets, excursion guides and periodicals. The aim of the society is to encourage public interest in geology and the advancement of geological knowledge. The Society has three Geoconservation Committees covering different geographical areas: Lothian & Borders, Tayside and Stirling & Clackmannan.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • West Lothian Draft Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan (2005-06)
    The Society's three Geoconservation Committees compile information on local sites and designate Local Geodiversity Sites. Lothian & Borders GeoConservation worked with BGS and City of Edinburgh Council to audit and designate sites in 2009 and produce an Edinburgh Geodiversity Action Plan. A Draft Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan was produced for West Lothian in 2005-2006. West Lothian Draft Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan (2005-06). This audit was the first to be conducted in Scotland. It helped to frame recommendations and action points that will guide the sustainable management, planning, conservation and interpretation of all aspects of the earth heritage of West Lothian. The audit was conducted in partnership between West Lothian Council, SNH, Lothian and Borders RIGS Group (a committee of the Edinburgh Geological Society) and the BGS, with funding from the Scottish Executive. A Draft has been produced, but the production of a final plan is currently on hold due to lack of resources to push it forward.

Objective 6 (Theme 4)

Conserve through sites and areas

  • West Lothian Draft Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan (2005-06)
    The Society's three Geoconservation Committees compile information on local sites and designate Local Geodiversity Sites. Lothian & Borders GeoConservation worked with BGS and City of Edinburgh Council to audit and designate sites in 2009 and produce an Edinburgh Geodiversity Action Plan. A Draft Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan was produced for West Lothian in 2005-2006. West Lothian Draft Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan (2005-06). This audit was the first to be conducted in Scotland. It helped to frame recommendations and action points that will guide the sustainable management, planning, conservation and interpretation of all aspects of the earth heritage of West Lothian. The audit was conducted in partnership between West Lothian Council, SNH, Lothian and Borders RIGS Group (a committee of the Edinburgh Geological Society) and the BGS, with funding from the Scottish Executive. A Draft has been produced, but the production of a final plan is currently on hold due to lack of resources to push it forward.

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • Publication of geological excursion guides
    Excursion guides which cover many of the most popular areas of Scottish geology, suitable for both amateur and professional geologists. Guides are available for: North-west Highlands; Rum; Ardnamurchan; Assynt; Ballachulish; Fife and Angus; Holyrood Park; Lothian; Moine; and SW Scotland.

  • Field excursions
    The Society provides a full summer programme of field excursions, including local evening trips to week-long UK-wide visits, to sites of geological interest, where each trip is led by someone in the Society with a special knowledge of the locality.

  • Geological history of Edinburgh
    Detailed information is available on the Society website about the geological history of the Edinburgh area. Site information is provided for localities such as: Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags; Pease Bay to Cove; and Our Dynamic Earth.

  • Publicity leaflets
    More than 20 concise hard copy leaflets have been produced by our Geoconservation Groups to promote various sites of interest in Edinburgh and surrounding area, such as: Barns Ness; Craigleith Quarry; and Witch Craig Wall in West Lothian. Most of the leaflets are available online to download.

  • Lecture Series
    A varied programme of illustrated lectures is presented throughout the year. Speakers and topics are chosen to provide interest for both amateur and professional geologists. The meetings also provide an informal opportunity to chat to other, perhaps more specialist members, and to gain advice from local experts on visiting geological localities. Each year, a celebrity lecture is given by a geologist of international repute, who is invited jointly by the Society and the Geological Society of Glasgow.

Objective 10 (Theme 5)

Use the arts to involve people

  • Geology and the arts leaflets
    Lothian and Borders GeoConservation have cooperated with sculptors and artists to produce leaflets on the Stones of Scotland sculpture and the Canongate Wall of the Scottish Parliament.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • Field excursions
    The Society provides a full summer programme of field excursions, including local evening trips to week-long UK-wide visits, to sites of geological interest, where each trip is led by someone in the Society with a special knowledge of the locality.

Objective 12 (Theme 6)

Involve more people

  • The Edinburgh Geologist magazine
    A magazine aimed at amateur geologists and other non-specialists and is currently published twice a year. Provides updates on the activities, publications and general information of the Society.

  • Scottish Geodiversity Forum
    The Edinburgh Geological Society is an organisational member of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum.

Objective 14 (Theme 6)

Encourage working together

  • Scottish Geodiversity Forum
    The Edinburgh Geological Society is an organisational member of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum.