Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, founded in 1947, is an office of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for Northern Ireland (DETI). The survey is responsible for providing a wide range of geological advice and information in support of planning, land use, environmental protection and natural resource assessment. It also carries out surveys to collect new data.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • Geological mapping
    The GSNI carries out geological surveys in Northern Ireland and maintains records from many different geological surveys and investigations carried out over the past 150 years. The mapping results are produced as maps at a range of scales from 1:10 000 to 1:250 000, together with accompanying explanatory reports and memoirs

  • Geological databases
    The GSNI holds records and logs from over 30,000 boreholes; a database of working quarries and pits with details of products; abandoned mines database; mineral exploration; geological site reports; and mapping and interpretation, which can be used in the provision of advice to planners, environmental consultants etc.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • Provide of advice and information
    GSNI staff answer geological enquiries and can offer a range of services tailored to the needs of individual clients including planners, explorationists, developers, environmental consultants and engineers.

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • “Landscapes from Stone” project
    A specialist marketing project which aims to promote landscape tourism in the twelve northern counties of Ireland. The project is looking to improve peoples’ appreciation of the Irish landscape through non-technical explanation of its formation and development. Publications include a series of packs of weatherproof card walk guides covering different regional landscapes across Ireland, from Donegal to the south coast. With about 10 walks detailed in each region, complete with map and information about what you see along the way, these provide an introduction to Ireland’s geological heritage. The publications series also includes drive/cycle routes and other geological information guides. All literature in the series is aimed at both the mainstream tourism market and the general public, and no prior geological knowledge is assumed.

  • Events hosted at W5 exhibition centre, Belfast
    Virtual Quarry’exhibition (in partnership with Quarry Products Association, NI); ‘Go get GeoScience!’ - A family event with opportunity to learn about geology through making fossils, fossil rubbings, gold panning, visiting a virtual quarry, and touching and seeing rock specimens.

Objective 10 (Theme 5)

Use the arts to involve people

  • Events hosted at W5 exhibition centre, Belfast
    Virtual Quarry’exhibition (in partnership with Quarry Products Association, NI); ‘Go get GeoScience!’ - A family event with opportunity to learn about geology through making fossils, fossil rubbings, gold panning, visiting a virtual quarry, and touching and seeing rock specimens.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • Geological mapping
    The GSNI carries out geological surveys in Northern Ireland and maintains records from many different geological surveys and investigations carried out over the past 150 years. The mapping results are produced as maps at a range of scales from 1:10 000 to 1:250 000, together with accompanying explanatory reports and memoirs

  • Events hosted at W5 exhibition centre, Belfast
    Virtual Quarry’exhibition (in partnership with Quarry Products Association, NI); ‘Go get GeoScience!’ - A family event with opportunity to learn about geology through making fossils, fossil rubbings, gold panning, visiting a virtual quarry, and touching and seeing rock specimens.